Buses get a continental flavour
PROZE usu? ten autobus!*That's not a call you are likely to hear as you get on the number 13 to Chantry - but Ipswich Buses are getting a distinctly Polish flavour.
PROZE usu? ten autobus!*
That's not a call you are likely to hear as you get on the number 13 to Chantry - but Ipswich Buses are getting a distinctly Polish flavour.
Not only does the company now employ five drivers from the east European country, it has now taken delivery of six buses made there as well.
The first driver from Poland, 28-year-old Jack Rogowski, arrived three years ago with his wife Dorota. They now have a two-year-old son Hubert.
“I came here after seeing an advert from a firm in Felixstowe and we are very happy here. It is a good place to live and the people are very friendly.”
They came to Ipswich from the Grocow in southern Poland.
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His colleague Sebastien Wymysolski, 31, followed about three months later after hearing about the jobs in Ipswich while visiting relations in London.
He said: “I had been coming to Britain for several years, but once Poland became a member of the EU and we were able to work here I decided I would like to work in this country.
“I come from Koszalin which is very similar to Ipswich - it is about the same size and the same distance from the coast.
“I really like Ipswich - it is a good place to live and to make our home.”
He has been joined in Britain by his girlfriend Aga and they are expecting their first child. He has a daughter in Poland, and eventually he hopes to bring her over to live with them in this country.
“I go back to Poland on holiday, but I am very happy to live here at the moment. I don't really want to return there to live at the moment,” he said.
Over the last few months they have been joined by 24-year-old Lukas Chabinski from Katowice.
All came with internationally-recognised licences to drive buses and have been given lessons in English as a foreign language.
Sebastien said they had adapted well to life in their new home.
He said: “The standard of living is much greater here than it is in Poland and we can earn more money.
We are made to feel very welcome here and there is a good community here.
“It is good that there are now shops that sell Polish food and things like that. We do most of our shopping in Sainsbury's or Asda, but we can get things like Polish bread and sausage in the specialist shops - so it's the best of both worlds.”
*Move along the bus, please!