Over 100 people, projects and organisations from around the country have been included in the shortlist for this year’s UK Bus Awards. The shortlist included representation from all of the major groups, as well as municipal and independent operators, local authorities and PTEs. Topping the list is Go-Ahead Group with 19 nominations, followed by Stagecoach on 17 and FirstGroup on 15. Notable first-timers on the list are the Greener Journeys lobbying group and CPT, both named for innovative projects to promote the bus. The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 19 November at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.
UK Bus Awards Chairman, John Owen, said, ‘Despite the difficult economic times, this year’s entries demonstrated clearly that creativity within the industry is still alive and well. The bar is constantly being raised, meaning that the innovation of a few years ago is now the everyday standard in many places. The bus industry has a come a long way in recent years and is every bit as dynamic as the high profile retail operations regarded as market leaders. Our judges have been genuinely impressed with the commitment to higher standards in all areas of the business.’
The individual scheme with the most nominations is the Sheffield Bus Partnership, which has been named as a finalist in four categories. SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said, ‘It has been a year of huge progress for Sheffield Bus Partnership and I am delighted that this has been recognised at the UK Bus Awards. The Partnership’s commitment to understand and respond to customer needs continues to improve the quality of Sheffield’s bus network, and is providing a platform for further improvements. This achievement is testament to the dedication of all partners involved in the scheme.’
Go-Ahead’s Group Chief Executive, David Brown, said, ‘It’s great that our local companies are being recognised at these national awards. This is testament to the commitment of our employees and work they do to continually improve services for our passengers and the communities we serve.’
MD of First Bus, Giles Fearnley, said, ‘To have received 18 nominations (including three with the Sheffield Bus Partnership) is a record for First. These nominations reflect how hard we are working across the UK to improve our business and improve services for customers. I’m extremely proud of the commitment of all my colleagues across our operations and hope that we can enjoy great success when the awards are announced on 19 November.’
Stagecoach UK Bus MD, Robert Montgomery, said, ‘Our employees work very hard to provide a high-quality, good value service for our customers and they pride themselves on delivering first class customer service. It’s very pleasing to see their efforts recognised with so many shortlisted nominations for these awards.’
Lothian Buses Chief Executive, Ian Craig, said, ‘To be shortlisted for seven awards is a major achievement for us after such a successful year. Being recognised for our commitment to environmental standards once more is a real testament to the hard work we have done investing in and improving our transport fleet and customer service. It is also great to see two of our employees shortlisted for two awards for their hard work over the past year. Our staff are the heartbeat of our operation and our success wouldn’t be possible without the excellent service they provide day in and day out.’
Top prize at the awards, the UK Bus Operator of the Year, sponsored by Belmont International and QBE Insurance, will be chosen from the winners of the Top City, Top Shire and Top Independent categories.
The full shortlist can be found at http://www.ukbusawards.org.uk