As well as experience in local bus services in urban and rural areas, Alan has considerable experience in inter-urban, or express, bus services. (Generally referred to as “coach services” in English-speaking countries in the “British realm”.)
In particular, Alan was Managing Director of Scottish Citylink Coaches Ltd in the period up to and including its privatisation in 1991. The company runs express coach services within Scotland – at that time it also ran services to the rest of the UK, particularly London. Alan was responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction following the break-up of an important operating agreement and led the company’s successful Management/Employee Buy-out. He was also responsible for the management of coach operators under contract, and for management of Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow. He also managed the company’s Clansman Monarch touring and excursion programme, carrying out sales missions in the USA and Israel.
Alan also acted for three years as Special Advisor to the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO), covering Operations, Marketing and General Management. The company operates around 2,500 buses, mainly on long-distance services but with significant urban operation. Alan’s work included revenue generation, cost reduction, market studies, company organisation, etc. Before this, he also carried out consultancy work for SAPTCO, including major input to development of a Strategic Marketing Plan, as well as work on other topics including Safety, Driver Training, and Route Costing and Profitability.
Additionally, Alan carried out a Market, Operational, Financial and Organisational study of the “Cross-Channel Express” London – Belfast express coach service. (for Ulsterbus (Translink))