Wednesday, 15 October 2014

North East Companies Reach UK Bus Operator of the Year Competition

The North East’s two biggest bus companies are about to go head to head with each other in a battle of the best.

Go North East and Stagecoach North East have reached the finals of the prestigious UK Bus Awards next month.

Both companies have made the shortlist in a competition to find the country’s top city bus operator and are also in the running for the UK Bus Operator of the Year Award.

The judges have noted Go North East’s continuing investment in vehicles and new technology, ticket pricing and service delivery.

They have praised Stagecoach North East’s commitment to high operational standards, community relationships and its initiatives such as ‘Back on Board’ for job seekers and ‘VIP’ schemes for young people.

Both companies will be hoping to take the honours ahead of rival entries from Nottingham, Manchester, the West Midlands and Merseyside.

Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, said: “This is the third year running that we’ve made the finals of the UK Bus Awards. It’s a great credit for all of our two thousand staff that their efforts have been noticed by this independent industry panel. It’s proof, if proof were needed, that the North East’s bus companies are among the best.”

Phil Medlicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East, said: “We’ve got a fantastic team of people here at Stagecoach North East, all passionate about being the best in the business. This recognition is testament to their hard work and commitment to providing the highest standard of service for our customers.

The finals of the UK Bus Awards will take place in London on 18 November.

Visit the UK Bus Awards website here

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