A female bus driver who lost her job due to a redesign of the vehicle meaning she was too short to drive safely, has been given her job back, the bus operator has said.

Tracey Scholes, 57, from Manchester had been a bus driver for 34 years and is 5ft tall (1.52m) meaning the bus redesign had left her unable to perform her duties safely.

The Mirror reports that Go North West’s changes included moving the buses' wing mirrors, which meant Tracy could no longer “reach the pedals to drive” without a new blind-spot appearing.

As a result, Tracey had to lean around a pillar to see these mirrors and was unable to keep her feet on the pedals while doing this.

At her wit's end, Tracey, who is also a mum-of-three launched a desperate appeal last week to keep her job.

Thankfully this was a success with Go North West confirming that she had been reinstated.

Mrs Scholes had been offered a different role on the company's schools buses, which were fitted with more suitable mirrors.

However, this change would have meant a reduction in pay and hours worked and so Tracey declined and was given notice by her employer.

Go North West claimed it had offered "numerous proposals" to keep her in the company – but Tracey instead launched her appeal, which garnered support from several celebrities urged the company to keep her current pay and hours.

Amazingly, over 25,000 people signed a petition calling for Mrs Scholes to be reinstated in her role.

Crowds of supporters even gathered outside the Queens Road bus depot in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, where the appeal hearing was taking place to show their support.

The bus firm said it was "glad" she accepted a deal to drive other buses.

Go North West's HR director Scott Maynard said in a statement the company was "pleased" the "valued and long-serving driver" was to stay with Go North West "after she decided to accept an offer to drive different buses as per a proposal made in September".

Under the new deal, Mrs Scholes will start earlier to allow her to pick up a bus with wing mirrors of her preference.

Her weekly hours and rate of pay will remain unchanged.

Mr Maynard added: "We have said from the start that we wanted to keep Tracey and we are glad that she has changed her mind and decided to stay."

He said the company "operates no height restrictions on recruitment, and has multiple drivers of the same height, or below, as Tracey".

"It is categorically untrue that we would, or could, have threatened anybody with dismissal on grounds of height."

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