Awards Season

The winners have been announced at this year’s UK Bus Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 23 November with prizes presented by our Chair, Norman Baker.

Claire Walters, who presented the prizes in the category for Top National Bus Driver, supported by Bus Users, described the 2016 Awards as "hugely successful and with greatly increased focus on passengers across the spectrum".

The finalists and winners in this category were:

Top National Bus Driver: the Chris Moyes Memorial Award

Winner, Gold Award: Dave Forrester, Southern Vectis
Winner, Silver Award: Denis McMahon, Abellio Surrey
Winner, Bronze Award: Karen Wilson, Arriva Yorkshire
Finalist: Ian Walker, First Aberdeen
Finalist: Michal Kudla, First Essex
Finalist: Bryan Liddle, Transdev Blazefield

The Awards recognise and reward “outstanding achievements, ground-breaking projects and outstanding examples of the service provided by the industry’s staff”, with 99 finalists selected from more than 250 entries in 20 separate categories.

The winners and finalists in the remaining categories were:

Bus and the Community Award

Winner, Gold Award: Helping Hand, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company
Winner, Silver Award: Safe Zone Bus, Xplore Dundee
Winner, Bronze Award: Work experience for students with disabilities, Transport for Greater Manchester
Specially Commended: First Essex supporting Michael Birch and Essex Air Ambulance, First Essex
Finalist: Disability Awareness, Blackpool Transport Services
Finalist: Big Bus Day, East Yorkshire Motor Services
Finalist: First Bus in the Midlands and Trussell Trust Foodbanks, First Bus - Midlands
Finalist: Skegness Seasiders Team, Stagecoach East Midlands

UK Bus Operator of the Year sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher & QBE Insurance

Winner, Gold Award: , Nottingham City Transport
Winner, Silver Award: , Reading Buses
Winner, Bronze Award: , Prentice Coaches

Engineer of the Year sponsored by IRTE

Finalist: William Watts, National Express West Midlands
Finalist: Paul Gooderson, RATP Dev London

Environment sponsored by Volvo Bus

Winner, Gold Award: To 'planet Reading' and beyond!, Reading Buses
Winner, Silver Award: Environmental Improvements to Vehicles, First Bus
Winner, Bronze Award: Clean Air for Schools, Transport for Greater Manchester
Finalist: Buses Do Their Bit - Durham Air Quality Monitoring Area, Go North East
Finalist: We think the World of Edinburgh, Lothian Buses
Finalist: Inverness ElectriCity, Stagecoach North Scotland

Local Authority Bus Project of the Year sponsored by The TAS Partnership

Winner, Gold Award: The West Midlands Bus Alliance: A UK First, Centro and National Express West Midlands
Winner, Silver Award: Elland Road Park and Ride, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and partners
Winner, Bronze Award: Grasshopper Multi-Operator Ticketing, Aberdeenshire Council and partners

London Bus Garage of the Year sponsored by Transport for London

Winner, Gold Award: Leyton, Stagecoach London
Winner, Silver Award: Hounslow Heath, RATP Dev London
Winner, Bronze Award: Brixton, Arriva London South
Finalist: Palmers Green, Arriva London
Finalist: Putney, Go-Ahead London
Finalist: Uxbridge, Metroline West

Making Buses a Better Choice: the Peter Huntley Memorial Award sponsored by Heathrow Airport

Winner, Gold Award: Cityzap, Transdev Blazefield
Winner, Silver Award: Leopard and Lion, Reading Buses
Winner, Bronze Award: Two Stars in Two Months, bluestar
Finalist: Eclipse - Driving Up Expectations, First Hampshire & Dorset
Finalist: The Castles Express, Go North East
Finalist: South West Falcon, Stagecoach South West
Finalist: Goldline 212, Translink

The Award for Marketing Initiative of the Year sponsored by Passenger Transport

Winner, Gold Award: Busboost, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Winner, Silver Award: King's City, Stagecoach South
Winner, Bronze Award: Bus Start, Arriva UK Bus
Finalist: #harveyBus - 410/411 X-Factor initiative, Arriva Yorkshire
Finalist: First Southampton Paints the City Red, First Hampshire & Dorset
Finalist: New Mendip Xplorer Brand, First West of England

New Horizons Award sponsored by Institute of Road Transport Engineers

Winner, Gold Award: CheckedSafe Walk Around App, CheckedSafe
Winner, Silver Award: Traveline GB Journey Planner, Traveline Information
Winner, Bronze Award: claret spritzer, Reading Buses
Finalist: Employee App, First Aberdeen
Finalist: Nerve Centre Revolution, Go North East
Finalist: The Transport for Edinburgh App, Lothian Buses
Finalist: E-paper bus stops, Transport for London

Putting Passengers First sponsored by Euro Bus Expo

Winner, Gold Award: Enabling tomorrow's customers today, Reading Buses
Winner, Silver Award: West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership, National Express West Midlands and partners
Winner, Bronze Award: The Transport for Edinburgh App, Lothian Buses
Finalist: Easylink, Nottingham Community Transport

Services to the Bus Industry sponsored by Buses Magazine

Winner, Gold Award: Ian Morgan OBE, Wellglade

The Award for Sustained Marketing Excellence sponsored by Exterion Media

Winner, Gold Award: Greener Journeys, Greener Journeys
Winner, Silver Award: Lothian Buses NightBus, Lothian Buses
Winner, Bronze Award: Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland
Finalist: Go, Go, Go!, Go North East
Finalist: The 36 - Riding Redefined, Transdev Blazefield

Top City Operator sponsored by INIT Innovations

Winner, Gold Award: , Nottingham City Transport
Winner, Silver Award: , Lothian Buses
Winner, Bronze Award: , Arriva Merseyside
Finalist: , National Express West Midlands
Finalist: , Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire
Finalist: , Translink Metro

Top Independent Operator sponsored by

Winner, Gold Award: , Prentice Coaches
Winner, Silver Award: , Courtney Buses
Winner, Bronze Award: , Compass Travel (Sussex)
Finalist: , Ensign Bus Company
Finalist: , Uno Buses (Northampton)

Luke Rees Pulley Charitable Trust Award for Top London Bus Driver sponsored by Luke Rees-Pulley Charitabe Trust & Transport for London

Winner, Gold Award: Dean Golding, Go-Ahead London
Winner, Silver Award: Terry Miles, RATP Dev London
Winner, Bronze Award: Nadine Allen, CT Plus
Finalist: Felicia Grazette, Abellio London
Finalist: Helen Webster, Arriva London
Finalist: Richard Pincombe, Arriva London
Finalist: Peter Huttly, Go-Ahead London
Finalist: Hirji Hirani, Metroline Travel

Top National Bus Depot sponsored by Personal Group

Winner, Gold Award: St Andrews, Stagecoach East Scotland
Winner, Silver Award: Fenstanton, Stagecoach East
Winner, Bronze Award: Crawley, Metrobus
Finalist: Tamworth, Arriva Midlands & Shires
Finalist: Gateshead Riverside, Go North East
Finalist: Wolverhampton, Park Lane, National Express West Midlands

Top Shire Operator sponsored by Ticketer

Winner, Gold Award: Reading Buses
Winner, Silver Award: Metrobus
Winner, Bronze Award: Oxford Bus Company
Finalist: Stagecoach East Midlands
Finalist: Go South Coast, Go South Coast

Unsung Heroes Award sponsored by Backhouse Jones

Winner, Gold Award: Ricky Lennon, RATP Dev UK
UKBA Special Commendation for Outstanding Service: Darren Jackson, Abellio London
UKBA Special Commendation for Outstanding Service: John Gordon, Go North East
UKBA Special Commendation for Outstanding Service: Chris Vest, Reading Buses
UKBA Special Commendation for Outstanding Service: Joe Somers, Stagecoach East

Young Manager of the Year sponsored by Chartered Institute of Logisitics & Transport

Winner, Gold Award: Stephanie Maher, National Express West Midlands
Winner, Silver Award: Dan Bassett, Reading Buses
Winner, Bronze Award: Sophie Moorby, Go North East
Specially Commended: Matthew Elsey, First Essex
Finalist: Alistair Timmis, Arriva Midlands & Shires
Finalist: Katie Wagstaff, Stagecoach London

 

To find out more visit the UK Bus Awards website

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