Stagecoach Manchester will represent the Greater Manchester area at this year’s UK Bus Awards ceremony, due to be held this month in London. The company, with 98 million passengers from Abbey Lakes to the Snake Pass is in the running for the ‘Top City Operator of the Year’’. They are also in the running for the prestigious ‘UK Bus Operator of the Year Award’.
Stagecoach Manchester has previously been recognised as runner up in the ‘Top City Operator of the Year’ award at the UK Bus Awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as being highly commended in 2011. Also challenging the Hyde Road company for the same titles will be Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire.
Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “Being in the running to win these prestigious accolades, which reward and recognise excellence across the UK bus industry, is a great achievement for the whole team.
“It is particularly special this year, because despite a period of growth, the shortlist proves that we are still offering the best possible service to our customers. Our employees work hard all year to offer a safe and reliable service, so we hope this dedication and tenacity will be rewarded on the day.”
In the last year alone, Stagecoach Manchester has expanded by means of acquiring First Greater Manchester’s Wigan operations and Bluebird Bus and Coach. It won’t be long before they reach the magic 100 million mark, so who knows next year.
S.V., 04 November 2013.