‘He will again help us to recognise and reward excellence’.

The UK Bus Awards has announced that transport minister Norman Baker, the minister responsible for buses, has accepted an invitation to be the guest of honour at the UK Bus Awards presentation ceremony on November 29.

Baker will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony, and also announce the winner of the first award to be presented on the day – so kicking off the sixteenth annual presentation of the awards.

“We are delighted that the minister is able to join us for the second time later this month,” commented UK Bus Awards chairman John Owen.

“He will again to help us to recognise and reward excellence and good practice throughout the UK bus industry. Ministerial recognition of the hard work that staff at all levels put in to serving our customers is an important element of our annual celebration.

“We’re very grateful to Mr Baker for finding time in his busy schedule to be with us.”

The presentation ceremony will be held at the London Hilton Hotel at lunchtime on November 29. Winners will be selected from a shortlist of 99 people, projects and organisations that was announced at an event in Nottingham in September (PT015).

Baker will be joined by one of his ministerial predecessors at the Department for Transport, Gillian Merron, who will present the awards. The former MP for Lincoln was elected chair of consumer group Bus Users UK last spring.

Meanwhile, the ceremony will be compered by Jane Hill one of the BBC’s team of experienced newsreaders.

Tickets are now on sale: for more details, please visit www.ukbusawards.org.uk

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