Positive working environment
Recruitment and retention in public transport is an on-going challenge, so the depot has been designed to provide a supportive and comfortable working environment for drivers, engineers and back-office staff alike.
There is an on-site café, rest areas with a separate quiet space, showering facilities and dedicated training rooms.
A fish tank, two snooker tables and a heritage mirror have also been rescued from the old building and installed at the new depot. Existing staff were involved in the project, visiting the new site before it became fully operational and helping, for example, to decide on colour schemes.
Safety is also extremely important to National Express, and that means keeping people and vehicles apart as much as possible. Designing a new depot from scratch allowed for a safer, more efficient layout for operations and maintenance.