The UK Bus Awards announced the winners of its 22nd annual competition earlier this month, at the Troxy in London’s Docklands. More than 700 people from the bus industry attended the glittering ceremony.
The primary aim of the UK Bus Awards is to recognise the hard work and dedication of bus companies, local government and industry suppliers from across the UK.
Arriva UK Bus was delighted to scoop 22 awards, including four prestigious golds, three silver, three bronze and 12 finalist acknowledgements.
ArrivaClick, a ground-breaking demand responsive service launched in Sittingbourne was awarded gold in the New Horizons category. It has seen tremendous growth in its first three months, and Arriva plans to scale up the service as soon as possible. Judges said that ArrivaClick has great potential and could appeal to young professionals, whilst also providing a good filler service for smaller towns and rural areas that are without good bus links.
‘Team Brixton’ landed gold in the London Bus Garage of the Year category. The 400 staff at Brixton depot continually strive for excellence and consistently top the TfL Excess Waiting Time table during the year. Staff engagement and morale is high, thanks to personal development initiatives, open forums and newsletters. Facilities have been improved, with the garage investing to improve toilets and the canteen, plus engineering improvements in the new pits. The team also works with the local community, supporting Lambeth Bus Day, and they host local school and Scout trips to the garage. Finally, a photographic hall of fame helps to recognise and congratulate staff achievements.
Chris Leonti from Tottenham also took home well-deserved gold, in the Unsung Heroes category, thanks to 40 years of tireless work. He is an engineering manager at Arriva’s Tottenham garage, and oversees 220 buses. Chris is known for his positive attitude and the work he has done to break down barriers between engineering and operations, allowing traditional resistance to disappear. He is also the ‘go to’ man for new and less experienced managers. Judges were also impressed by his very low lost mileage figures, especially for such a large depot.
Last but not least, the Luton depot landed gold for its work with local people, in the Bus & Community Award. The judges were impressed with the way the Arriva Midlands’ depot in Luton has integrated itself into the local community, supporting a range of local charities and helping to promote the town. Arriva Luton provides bus transport for the local hospice for its events, and for children taking part in sports tournaments. It also supports the Love Luton organisation, charitable choirs, Dementia Awareness Week and many other local groups and events that connect different ages and cultures across the town.
Kevin O’Connor, managing director at Arriva UK Bus was delighted: “What an incredible result, I am immensely proud of everyone who was recognised at these prestigious industry awards.
“I want to send a huge thank you to all the staff here at Arriva, who make such a difference to our passengers’ lives day in and day out. Their amazing attitudes and willingness to go the extra mile help us to provide more positive bus travel experiences, which ultimately means that the reputation of bus travel can only go up. Great job team!”
Mark Yexley, chairman of the UK Bus awards said: “Every year our job gets tougher and tougher. We get to hear about some of the most amazing people. They are truly outstanding in every way. The time and effort they take to make sure passengers have the best journey possible is commendable.
“We would like to congratulate all our finalists today, well done from everyone at the UK Bus Awards.”
A notable mention must go to Arriva North West Bus Driver Neil Atherton. He was named a finalist in the Top National Bus Driver category sponsored by the Chris Moyes Memorial Award.
You can see the entire list of winners and runner-ups on the UK Bus Awards Website.