A NEW man now has hold of the purse strings for East Lancashire's main public transport provider.

Seth King, 48, has joined Transdev Blazefield, which manages the Blackburn Bus Company , Mainline, Rosso and Red Express lines, as finance director.

He joins the outfit, which has a head office in Harrogate, from the York-based holiday firm Great Rail Journeys.

Mr King said: "Transdev Blazefield already has a strong reputation as an industry leader, and I’m looking forward to working closely with colleagues to make the most of the many exciting opportunities to further grow the business in 2019 and beyond."

Alex Hornby, Transdev managing director, added: "Seth comes to us with a highly successful track record of financial experience."