St Helens Bus Driver crowned Driver of the Year

St Helens Bus Driver crowned Driver of the Year
Steve Pugh has been awarded the ultimate accolade of Arriva Bus Driver of the Year.Arriva UK Bus

St Helens based bus driver, Steve Pugh, has been named Arriva’s ‘Driver of the Year’ after beating hundreds of drivers from across the UK.

Steve Pugh who is 54 and from St Helens was presented with the prestigious title at the Made a Difference Awards on 25th April 2019, in Leicestershire, where the final six shortlisted drivers came together with Arriva staff to celebrate the awards.

The Driver of the Year award, which is given as part of Arriva’s annual awards, is presented to an individual in recognition of their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile over the course of the last 12 months.

Steve, who operates a number of services in the St Helens area, was recognised for his ongoing passion for the job, and commitment to delivering the best possible service for his passengers, over the last three and a half years.

Talking about his award win, Steve, said: “I feel so honoured; to be nominated was a complete shock, so I am over the moon to have won the award.

“I’m extremely humbled especially because there are so many great drivers at Arriva. I would just like to thank all of my lovely and kind passengers who have made this all happen, without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Steve was initially shortlisted for the award in February after being nominated by local passengers for his passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the job. Since then, he has gone head-to-head with other Arriva drivers in the North West area and the rest of the UK.

Bill Parkinson, general manager at Arriva St.Helens, said: “We’re thrilled Steve has been selected as the ‘Driver of the Year’. To have won the title ahead of so many other fantastic and talented Arriva drivers is an honour, and Steve should be very proud of this massive achievement.

“It has been a true pleasure to see how committed and passionate Steve is to his job, his fantastic personality and patience makes him a real asset to the company.”

Steve continued: “It’s great to feel appreciated for the work that I do. I really enjoy being a bus driver, every day I get to do two of the things that I love the most; driving and meeting new people so it couldn’t be a more perfect job for me!”

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