Blackpool top of the tower at UK Bus Awards

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Blackpool Transport scooped the overall operator of the year title. UKBA

The award ceremony returned to London’s Troxy for an afternoon which highlighted some of the good work being undertaken across the industry despite the difficulties faced by the bus sector in the current climate

North West municipal Blackpool Transport is celebrating after winning the UK Bus Operator of the Year Award at the UK Bus Awards, held at Troxy in London on 15 November for the first time in three years after a pandemic-induced hiatus, and hosted by BBC presenter Jane Hill. The company also took home the Gold Award in the Top Shire Operator category, before seeing off competition from near neighbour Rotala-owned Diamond Bus North West and Hertfordshire-based Uno to win the top accolade in the grand prix competition which puts the winners of the Top City, Top Shire and Top Independent Operator awards against one another for the top award.

Blackpool’s win followed a pause by the industry awards scheme over the last two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but 2022 saw people, projects and bus operators once again come together in

Nottingham City Transport’s Jonathan Smallman took home the top driver award on his birthday. UKBA

London to compete for the top spot across 22 categories at the first in-person presentation ceremony held since 2019. The event proved to be the perfect birthday present for Nottingham City Transport driver Jonathan Smallman, who took the gold in the Top National Bus Driver: The Chris Moyes Memorial Award category, marking the fourth time a bus driver from the council-owned bus company has won the gold at a UK Bus Awards ceremony.


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