EAST Lancashire bus operator Transdev has a new appointed planning manager based in Burnley to navigate its way of out the coronavirus crisis.

Paul Sammonds, 35, will have a key role as the company looks to drive forward its plan for the road to recovery following relaxation of travel restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year.

The former bus driver will working as part of Transdev’s commercial team from its base in Burnley.

Before joining Transdev, he was commercial manager for Stagecoach Yorkshire

Mr Sammonds new role will see him reviewing Transdev’s local bus network as the North’s economy picks up and travel patterns change.

The firm operates services which include the Blackburn and Burnley Bus Companies, Rosso, Red Express and Witch Way.

Mr Sammonds said: “It’s a challenging yet exciting time to come on board with Transdev.

"My role involves network planning, both in terms of developing the existing network and finding new opportunities for growth.

“Travel habits for work have undoubtedly changed as a proportion of businesses continue with staff working from home for all or some of the time, while the market for local and regional leisure journeys looks promising.”

Transdev chief executive Alex Hornby said: “I’m delighted Paul has joined us – he brings a wealth of experience with large bus operators."

Paul is married and lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and his leisure interests include running, listening to funk and soul music, and home baking.