Britain’s Most Admired Transport Group? It’s Stagecoach

Perth-shire conglomerate celebrates 35th year of business at award ceremony

Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400, MX07 HLZ, outside Dukinfield Town Hall
Top Dog for Christmas, among fellow transport owning groups: Stagecoach Group. Seen here is MX07 HLZ an Enviro400 typical of the Stagecoach Group’s modern fleet for its Greater Manchester operations. Photographed outside Dukinfield Town Hall on the 31 August 2014.


Ahead of its rival transport owning groups, the Stagecoach Group has been voted the Most Loved Public Transport Group at the 2014 Britain’s Most Admired Companies Awards.

From Wick to Brixham, including intense urban operations in Manchester, Liverpool and Oxford, it was ranked in the top 10% of almost 240 well-known businesses across 24 sectors. It beat the likes of Rolls-Royce, Coca-Cola Enterprises and the BT Group. Their rivals firms FirstGroup, National Express, Arriva and the Go-Ahead Group were ranked joint 201st in the national survey.

Management Today asked Britain’s largest public companies to rate their peer across nine criteria, which included community and environmental responsibility.

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “Greater Manchester has so much to offer and we’re immensely proud to serve communities and contribute to the local economy.

“Our responsibility to lessen our impact on the environment while offering the best possible service to our customers has clearly been key in achieving this recognition, and these priorities will remain at the forefront of our thinking in 2015.”

Steven Stewart, Stagecoach Group’s director of communications, added: “Our businesses make a huge contribution to the economy and local communities in the UK. We are a responsible business with a strategy focused on delivering sustainable growth.

“We have a strong track-record of low fares, good operational performance, high customer satisfaction and reinvesting our profits in improving our bus and rail services. That approach has benefited our customers, taxpayers and our investors.”

Here’s to an equally successful 2015. So far, its Greater Manchester operations have seen the roll out of WiFi access on non-hybrid buses and the introduction of 64-reg Enviro400s in the 104xx series of fleet numbers.

S.V., 24 December 2014.


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