North West Bus Operators’ Success in UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach Manchester clinches Bronze and Silver Awards

Last week’s UK Bus Awards ceremony turned out to be a good one for North West bus operators. Holding on to their Top Three position as the Top City Bus Operator is Stagecoach Manchester. They picked up the bronze award in this year’s UK Bus Awards 2018. The announcement was made at a presentation ceremony in the Troxy Cinema, London on Tuesday 20th November.

It is the second year running that Stagecoach Manchester has taken the bronze in the Top City Bus Operator category. The company also celebrated a win for Ben Coghlan, after he was awarded silver in the Engineer of the Year category. This year, they were pipped to the Silver Award by Stagecoach Merseyside.

Speaking about the success, managing director for Stagecoach Manchester, Elisabeth Tasker, commented: “The UK Bus Awards are a celebration of the fantastic work that goes on throughout the industry. To win Top City Bus Operator and Engineer of the Year is a fantastic achievement, and a testament to our team’s hard work in enhancing customer experience.

“Stagecoach Manchester was the only company to have more than one employee shortlisted in the Top National Bus Driver category, which reflects the dedication of all of our drivers.

“These awards celebrate another great year for Stagecoach Manchester and this success is something I look forward to building on in 2019, as we continue to invest in our fleet and our services.”

For the Bus and the Community Award (sponsored by Coach and Bus Week), HCT Group – the owners of MCT Travel – picked a Gold Award for their Drive On initiative. The Silver Award went to the Stagecoach Group for their #BeNiceBus campaign which we have covered in previous posts.

In the Award for Marketing Initiative of the Year, Warrington’s Own Buses picked up a Silver Award. This was for The Pops and Cheshire Cat initiatives, the latter used to brand the CAT 5 and CAT 5A Altrincham to Warrington routes.

Though Joanne Morgan and Steven Irvine from Stagecoach Manchester were finalists in the Chris Moyes Memorial Award for Top National Bus Driver, Adam Davies (Transdev Blazefield) clinched the silver prize. This wasn’t the only honour for Transdev Blazefield; their Burnley Bus Company won the Gold Award for Putting Passengers First. This was for the operator’s Make My Mainline campaign.

Of the UK’s Integrated Transport Authorities, Merseytravel didn’t do too bad. They were finalists in the Environment Award and Making Buses a Better Choice Award for the Liverpool Bus Alliance. The latter award saw Transport for West Midlands clinching a Silver Award for their West Midlands Bus Alliance.

The biggest winner of this year’s UK Bus Awards was Nottingham City Transport. Why are they Britain’s most successful municipal operator? Their roll of honour from this year’s awards is as follows:

  • UK Bus Operator of the Year: Silver Award (Gold Award won by Go South East);
  • Engineer of the Year: Highly Commended (Graham Smith) (Gold Award won by Terry Absalom, Stagecoach London);
  • Environment Award: Gold Award (world’s largest fleet of biogas double decker buses);
  • Top City Operator: Gold Award;
  • Top National Bus Driver: Gold Award (Arron Johnson).

Next year’s awards could be interesting, given the changes that Greater Manchester’s bus operators may be facing under Andy Burnham’s watch.

An EM60 Presentation, 28 November 2018.

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