Graham Cusick, the longest server driver on Nottingham Express Transit, has retired after 14 years behind the controls. Graham was one of the first intake of eight drivers employed in February 2003 at the start of testing and commissioning of the original lines between Station Street and Hucknall/Phoenix Park and since then he has become the line’s longest serving drivers.
Graham commented: “It’s a real mixture of emotions. I’m sad to be leaving behind a job I’ve really enjoyed and people I’ve worked so well with, but I’m looking forward to being able to put my feet up for a bit – even if my wife has a number of jobs lined up for me! “It’ll be strange not to be driving trams anymore but I look forward to using the network as a passenger and seeing a few of my former colleagues.”
Graham was presented with a special certificate, gifts and cards thanking him for his service at a presentation at Wilkinson Street.
Darren Smith, NET’s Deputy Operations Manager, commented: “Come rain or shine we’ve always been able to rely on Graham to get out there and drive trams, helping our customers to travel across Nottingham. He’s been a fantastic asset to the city’s tram network and he’s sure to be missed by staff and customers alike. We wish him all the best for his retirement!”