Back to Back Winners? Stagecoach Manchester Shortlisted for 2014 UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
An Enviro400, usual fare on Stagecoach Manchester’s 330 service outside Dukinfield Town Hall. This one was photographed shortly after VTU 76’s running day.

Have they gone and done it again? Could Stagecoach Manchester be proud winners in the UK Bus Awards for the third year running? This month, it was announced that Stagecoach Manchester will represent its home city in this year’s UK Bus Awards ceremony, due to be held in London next month.

They are the only Mancunian bus operator to be shortlisted for the ‘Top City Operator of the Year’ award, where they finished as runners-up in 2009 and 2012. This year, it is also in the running to retain the ‘UK Bus Operator of the Year’ award, which they gained last year.

In addition, Stagecoach’s Service Performance Manager has been shortlisted for the ‘Unsung Hero’ award. Chris Icely, from Urmston, has been nominated following his 36 years of dedication to the industry.

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “Winning last year was a huge accolade for us, so to be recognised for the fifth time is a credit to the hard work of the whole team.

“Since January 2013 we have introduced 78 new electric hybrid double-deck buses and new routes, opening up our services to more areas in Manchester, this shortlist nomination proves we are still focusing on the most important part of our business – the customers.

“Chris’s shortlist place also demonstrates the strength we have within our individual team members. His 36 years of service have demonstrated his commitment to the company, its customers, and the employees he has supported. We wish him all the best at the awards.”

This year saw the consolidation of Bluebird’s operations and the acquisition of JPT Travel. It will also be dominated by competition with First Greater Manchester, on Wilmslow Road and along the East Lancashire Road. The latter has seen branded buses for the 38 service whilst the former street sees competition with the 42 service.

S.V., 17 October 2014.

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