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13.11.08

BUS DRIVER'S STORY * UK - Stagecoach founder back working on buses to cover for striking workers

The multi-millionaire founder of the Stagecoach Group was back on the buses when he worked as a driver to cover for striking workers

Scotland,UK -The Telegraph, by Auslan Cramb -11 Nov 2008: -- Brian Souter, one of Scotland's richest men and the co-founder of the company with his sister Ann Gloag, took the wheel of a No 59 bus in Aberdeen in a bid to combat the industrial action... He picked up customers - most of whom had no idea who he was - in the rundown Northfield area of the city while working a full shift from 7am to 4pm... A spokesman for Stagecoach said the chief executive, who is renowned for his dressed-down style, was in the habit of working a driver's shift every year, adding: "It can be anywhere on our UK bus operation"... Last year he put in a shift on a route in Dundee... According to the Sunday Times "rich list", Mr Souter, 54, and his sister are the sixth richest individuals in Scotland with a joint fortune estimated at £720 million. His shift yesterday would have earned a Stagecoach driver around £65... His father was a bus driver in Perth and, although he trained as a chartered accountant, funding his studies while working as a bus conductor, he has held a bus driver's licence since launching the company with two second buses in 1980... (Photo: Brian Sputer)

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