First bus drivers in Bath are to swap their usual uniforms to wear black later this month, as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives following the crash on Lansdown Lane last Monday.
Drivers in the city will be swapping their normal uniforms to wear black for the day on Monday 23rd February.
In doing so they’ll also be raising funds for the air ambulance which attended the scene taking one of the most critically injured people to hospital in Bristol.
First bus drivers and back office workers, like so many others in Bath, have been deeply affected by the tragedy that struck earlier this month.
The incident on Lansdown Lane unfolded in front of a bus operating as normal on Service 14, and while not directly involved in it, the driver was unfortunately witness to the incident that unfolded in front of him.
Staff and managers at bus company First West of England now plan to do what they can to mark the tragedy, and the devastating loss of life, by allowing front line staff to swap their normal uniforms to ‘dress black’ as a mark of respect on Monday 23rd February.
All staff taking part and dressing black will be donating money to the Air Ambulance and collection tins will also be made available on selected buses, and in the Bath Travel Shop, on the day should any passengers wish to contribute too.
Talking about the planned activity, and the impact of the collision on the staff, First’s Managing Director James Freeman says: “What happened in Bath was truly devastating for all involved and so it’s right that we mark this in some way, paying our collective respects to those who lost their lives.
“We hope that any money we are able to raise will be well used by the Air Ambulance service, supporting the fantastic work that they do.”