Adams Coachlines is doing big business in the west, and yes it’s possible — without fear or favour — to anoint another driver from Adam Barnard’s talent pool for their excellent work, this time as April’s Driver of the Month.
Former Sydney Transit Authority (STA) Driver Kristine Saarinsen came across to Perth some years ago, but has put the experience she gained driving route service on Parramatta Road in Sydney’s west to good use in the lead up to Adam’s bid for route service work in Western Australia.
“If you can drive a bus on Parramatta Road in peak hour, you can drive a bus anywhere,” Kristine says, and she might just be right.
Kristine is highly regarded at Adams Coachlines, and is an example of how drivers based at the operator’s Malaga depot are working a mixed routine of low floor community shuttle buses and larger mining charter coaches — which she handles in her stride.
Kristine has been with Adams for five years, and lately has worked with the mining bus group at Christmas Creek.
Along with her bus-driving colleagues, Kristine flies in and out of the minesite on a two weeks on, two weeks off roster, and while on the roster drives miners between the camp and the mine.
From Parra to Perth This month’s Mercedes-Benz Driver of the Month proves that women bus drivers are driven to drive, no matt er the situation. “I don’t like getting up at a quarter to four in the morning, but that’s the only thing I don’t like about it,” she says. “I like the people up there, everyone’s nice.”
Kristine’s driving career goes back to Sydney’s Burwood depot from 1998 to 2002, with a highlight being her time spent driving during the Olympic Games.
When Kristine arrived in Perth she briefly worked for Swan Transit, but soon took a break from driving to work at Bunnings hardware.
Wanting to get back behind the wheel she approached Adams Coachlines.
“I do like bus driving,” Kristine says. And she adds she works for a pretty good boss in Adam Barnard.