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Stagecoach leads UK Bus Awards, scooping 20 awards

  • Operator won seven gold, six silver, and seven bronze awards
  • Winning key awards such as Top National Bus Depot and Top Express Coach Operator
  • Stagecoach employees being recognised for their hard work by winning ‘unsung hero’ and ‘engineer of the year’ gold awards

Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus operator, led the industry at the 2022 UK Bus Awards in London, picking up more awards than any other business.

The company’s performance saw it pick up a total of 20 awards – seven gold, six silver and seven bronze.

Stagecoach scooped the top ‘gold award’ for supporting the environment, contributing to safer driving, services to the community, top express coach operator and top national bus depot.

Two Stagecoach employees also won the top ‘gold’ award for ‘Engineer of the Year’ won by Jamie Stockton from Stagecoach Manchester and ‘unsung hero’ won by Lesley Hester, who is operations manager at Stagecoach Manchester’s Sharston Depot.

The awards were presented yesterday (November 15) at Troxy in London, hosted by BBC presenter Jane Hill.

Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director for Stagecoach said: “At such a challenging time for our customers and the bus sector, it’s great to see the fantastic recognition for the hard work of Stagecoach Bus teams around the country.

“We have a fantastic team of committed people who are proud to serve their customers and local communities and these awards reflect this hard work and professionalism for everyone in the Stagecoach family.

“It is great to have such a range of award wins, recognising all the hard work our people do from work in the community, to engineering, supporting the environment and culture change as well as being recognised as top shire operators and top national bus depots.

“A huge congratulations to all of this year’s UK Bus Award winners.”

The full list of Stagecoach awards is:

Culture change – Stagecoach London, Safety Strategy Forum winning bronze.

Young manager of the year – Ben Houghton from Stagecoach London won bronze and Zachary McAskill won Silver.

Supporting the environment– Stagecoach East for its Big Switch Off campaign, winning gold.

The ROSCO award for contribution to safer driving– Stagecoach London winning bronze for its Safety Strategy Forum and Stagecoach East and Volvo Bus winning gold for Intelligent Speed Assistance.

Leader of the year – Joel Mitchell from Stagecoach South East winning silver.

Top shire operator – Stagecoach East Scotland winning silver.

London bus garage of the year – Stagecoach London’s Bow garage winning silver.

Bus and the community – Stagecoach East Scotland’s ‘Sams Wellbeing on wheels’ winning bronze and Stagecoach South East winning gold for ‘The Friendship Bus’.

Top express coach operation – Stagecoach Oxford Tube winning gold.

Engineer of the year– Craig Mills from Stagecoach London winning silver and Jamie Stockton from Stagecoach Manchester winning gold.

Unsung heroes – Lesley Hester, Operations Manager from Stagecoach Manchester winning gold with commendations for Glenn Oldman (Stagecoach London), Louise Sills and James Third (Stagecoach South East).

Buses for pleasure – Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire winning bronze for ‘Explore the Lakes by Bus’

Top national bus depot – Stagecoach East Scotland’s St Andrews Depot won bronze, Stagecoach North Scotland’s Portree depot winning silver and Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire’s Barrow depot winning gold.

Top national bus driver – Gurnam Singh from Stagecoach West winning bronze.