Stagecoach Manchester engineer wins top engineering honours in Route One Awards

In the annual Route One Awards, Peter Sumner, was named Engineer of the Year in the Large Operator. The Stagecoach Manchester engineer picked up his award in Birmingham last week. The Route One Awards celebrate achievements and excellence in the coach and bus industry. Nominees are put forward by dealers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Mr. Sumner, who began his career with Ribble Motor Services back in 1970, joined Stagecoach Manchester in 1997. After a 10 year spell with Stagecoach in London, he returned to Manchester as engineering director in 2011. He beat off competition from across the UK to collect the top prize. Plus, he was commended for ensuring Stagecoach Manchester employs no fewer than 20 apprentices at any given time.

Since he returned to Stagecoach Manchester in 2011, Peter has built a strong team of engineers. They have contributed greatly in him achieving this award. After collecting his award, Peter said: “I was surprised to be nominated first and foremost, but receiving this award is very much a recognition of the good work that goes on behind the scenes at Stagecoach Manchester to ensure the customer journey can be as comfortable and practical as possible.

“A big part of my job is ensuring our fleet is ready to perform at its best from an efficiency point of view, while also ensuring that we have one of the most modern fleets in the country that is correctly maintained to lessen our impact on the local environment. So I’d like to pass on my thanks for receiving this award and assure customers that our buses will continue to be among the best in the country.”

Stagecoach Manchester’s managing director Elisabeth Tasker said: “We’re over the moon for Peter and he is a very deserving recipient of the Engineer of the Year award.

“Peter works tirelessly to ensure the Stagecoach Manchester fleet is performing as well as it can do on a daily basis and his creative direction has been invaluable to us as a business, helping us to improve efficiency and presentation of our services throughout his time here.”

We at East of the M60 share our congratulations on his achievement. Well done to Peter and his who have made this possible.

An EM60 Presentation, 11 October 2017.

Image credit: Tangerine PR Limited, 2017.

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