James Carney to retire from Blackpool Transport in 2023
Blackpool Transport’s chief financial and commercial officer, James Carney, will retire in January 2023.
Mr. Carney spent seven years in this role and has an industry career spanning over three decades. He is stepping down to spend more time with his family and “will be leaving after making substantial contributions to the industry”, a Blackpool Transport spokesman said.
One of the main achievements under Mr. Carney’s tenure was a revised approach to fleet policy introduced by the operator. As part of its Palladium program using vehicles with high interior specifications, wholesale renewal has significantly reduced the average age to less than three years. A promise not to operate a bus older than five years has “largely been kept”, adds the operator.
Such fleet regeneration was prompted by an innovative business plan which, according to Blackpool Transport, “has upset an industry tradition”.
Under the Palladium model, the buses always display the latest technologies. This policy will be significantly advanced with a successful bid for the standard track of the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme by Blackpool Council. It will see 115 zero-emission buses delivered to the municipal operator, all to Palladium specifications.
ZEBRA’s work will be accompanied by other projects, specifies Blackpool Transport. Earlier in 2022, Mr Carney was credited for his contribution to the successful organization of the 2022 Association of Local Bus Managers conference in Blackpool. The recruitment of his successor has not yet started.