A DEDICATED Woodley man is celebrating 20 years of service to Reading Buses.

Academy trainer Luke Ballard hit the milestone this year, having joined the team in 2000.

During his 20 years at the company, Luke has helped many drivers to gain their bus licence and drive among some of the town's busiest roads.

Luke, 42, of Woodley, is also a familiar face at the Great Knollys Street depot, where he helps train the new recruits that come through the company.

Having joined Reading Buses at the start of the new millenium, he has helped hundreds to become bus drivers and build up the team at Reading Buses.

“It is congratulations to and Luke for reaching this amazing milestone,” said Reading Buses HR Director Caroline Anscombe.