UK Bus Awards announce the 2019 shortlists

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This year’s UK Bus Awards has seen a bumper year for entries, with all categories now announced

The UK Bus Awards, the prestigious national award scheme, has announced its 2019 shortlists after another bumper year for entries

UK Bus Awards

People, companies and projects will once again be competing for the top awards across twenty-one categories, all culminating in the presentation of the coveted title – Bus Operator of the Year.

This year saw the addition of a new Cultural Change category which has proved popular, as well as new expert judges joining the panels.

Mark Yexley, Chair of the UK Bus Awards, said: “The shortlists represent the diverse industry that we work in, from independent bus companies through to large group UK-wide projects, we’re able to recognise and reward excellence across the board. Once again we’ve been challenged by the sheer quality of the entries, especially within the people categories, which have been outstanding.

“We’re really proud to bring the industry together to celebrate achievements, innovations and sheer brilliance.”

The ceremony will take place on the 19 November at Troxy, London. Tickets are available now at

Top city operator

  • Brighton & Hove
  • Lothian
  • National Express West Midlands
  • Nottingham City Transport
  • Plymouth Citybus
  • Stagecoach Manchester
  • Stagecoach Merseyside
  • Translink Metro

Marketing Initiative

  • Stagecoach Yorkshire and Bus Partnerships within South Yorkshire – Stimulating senior bus travel and pass application throughout South Yorkshire and Chesterfield.
  • Visit Isle of Wight – Explore the Isle of Wight by Bus
  • Lothian – Cruiselink services
  • UNOBus – The Dragonfly
  • Translink – Glider
  • Yellow Buses – It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
  • The Brighton & Hove and Metrobus – People like you – Reaching communities and smashing stereotypes

ROSCO award for innovation in road safety

  • Abellio London – Collision prevention strategy with Mobileye technology
  • Arriva Yorkshire – Driving a strong safety culture
  • Translink – Glider driver training programme

Engineer of the year award

  • Darren Richmond – Uno Bus
  • Jack Abbott – Stagecoach Manchester
  • Jake Moore – Nottingham City Transport
  • Leon Hall – Arriva Southern Counties
  • Paul Slaney – Translink
  • Stephen Stringer – Warrington’s Own Buses

Top independent operator award

  • BorderBus
  • Courtney Buses
  • Edwards Coaches
  • Ensignbus
  • Prentice Coaches
  • Uno Bus

Services to the bus industry
To be announced

London bus garage

  • Norwood (Arriva London South)
  • Romford (Stagecoach)
  • Croydon (Metrobus)
  • Alperton (Metroline)

Unsung heroes award

  • Chuk Ejakita (RATP Dev London)
  • Craig Trueman (trentbarton)
  • Eddie Hollis (RATP Dev London)
  • Mitesh Patel (Metroline)
  • Roy Barrett (RATP Dev London)
  • Sheila Swift (Nottingham City Transport)

Bus and the community award

  • Brighton & Hove Buses – Lighting up lives – the Brighton & Hove Santa Bus
  • Go Ahead Group – Go-Ahead Chatty Bus
  • Oxford Bus Co – “Brand the Bus!
  • Translink – Translink “Stuff a Bus” Christmas gift campaign
  • Metroline – School library bus
  • Reading Buses – Autism and accessibility
  • Stagecoach North East – Annual Christmas fundraiser
  • Translink – Glider

Leader of the year award

    • Damian Bannon (Translink)
    • Jamie Crowsley (Arriva Midlands-Telford)
    • Raj Chander (Arriva Midlands-Derby)
    • Urvi Patel (Abellio London)

Top national depot

  • Blairgowrie – Stagecoach East Scotland
  • Crawley – Metrobus
  • Reading – Reading Buses
  • St. Andrews – Stagecoach East Scotland
  • Swindon – Go South Coast (Swindon’s Bus Company)

Young manager of the year award

  • Adam Green (Arriva Southern Counties)
  • Jack Abbott (Stagecoach Manchester)
  • Kerrie Grant (Go South Coast-Bluestar)

Making buses a better choice

  • First West of England – metrobus Bristol
  • Reading Buses – purple17, re-inventing a new normal
  • Stagecoach South West – N21, night services in rural North Devon
  • Stagecoach West – Swindon to Oxford, a growth strategy that continuously exceeds expectations
  • Thames Travel – Connector 98/99, bus services to Didcot’s Great Western Park
  • The Oxford Bus Company – PickMeUp
  • Transdev Blazefield (Rosso) – Transforming Rosso
  • Translink – Glider, Belfast Rapid Transport

New horizons

  • Abellio London – Abellio London’s collision prevention strategy with Mobileye technology
  • First Glasgow – Mirrorless CCTV bus technology rollout
  • Omnibus – Development the new CrewPLAN
  • West Berkshire Council – Newbury E-Paper next bus due pilot

Top London bus driver

  • Wasiq Ali (RATP Dev)
  • Nick Kukaj (Abellio)
  • Peter Huttly (Go Ahead)
  • Andres Austin-Bennett (Abellio)
  • Christine Watkins (Arriva)
  • David Harris (Arriva)
  • Simon Ellis (Go Ahead)
  • Agnieszka Narbut (Metroline)

Sustained marketing excellence

  • First West of England – First West of England – Going for growth
  • UNO Bus – The people against ordinary’s marketing strategy
  • Stagecoach East Scotland – Express City Connect marketing
  • Transdev – Welcome to Coastliner Country

Cultural change award

  • First UK Bus (First Bus Journey Makers)
  • Go-Ahead London (Harnessing Potential – Better Bus Drivers for London)
  • National Express West Midlands (Master Driver)
  • Oxford Bus Company (Cultural Change Journey)
  • Stagecoach UK Bus (Level 2 Bus Driver Apprenticeship)
  • Stagecoach West (West Wellbeing)

Top nation bus driver

  • Bronagh McDonnell (Translink – Newry)
  • Gerard Porter (Translink – Strabane)
  • Gurnam Singh (Stagecoach West – Swindon)
  • Jatinder Kumar (Nottingham City Transport – Nottingham Parliament Street)
  • Keith Thomas (First Cymru – Swansea)
  • Tracey Pemberton (trentbarton – Nottingham)

Top shire operator

  • EastCoastbuses
  • Go South Coast
  • Metrobus
  • Oxford Bus Company
  • Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire
  • Stagecoach East Midlands
  • Stagecoach East Scotland
  • Warrington’s Own Buses


  • Go South Coast (Bluestar) – The UK’s first Air Filtering bus
  • Go-Ahead London – Applying innovative solutions, Go-Ahead London’s Green Revolution
  • Metroline – Electric Bus/Cleaner Air for Bus Drivers Campaign
  • RATP Dev London – Zero Emission vehicles project at Shepherd’s Bush
  • Stagecoach South – Guildford Park & Ride power pack-equipped Electric Buses
  • Transdev Blazefield (The Harrogate Bus Company) – Harrogate Electrics



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