Two senior figures in the world of passenger transport were awarded knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last week.
Brian Souter, co-founder and chief executive of Stagecoach, becomes Sir Brian for his service to transport and the voluntary sector.

Meanwhile, David Higgins, chief executive of Network Rail, is knighted for services to regeneration, relating to his time in charge of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Industry colleagues of Souter this week told Passenger Transport that the award was “richly deserved”. However, 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for it to be withdrawn. The dissenters are unhappy at Souter’s support for legislation which prohibited schools from ‘promoting’ homosexuality.

Souter himself commented: “Having started my career in public transport as a young bus conductor, I am delighted to receive this prestigious honour. However, the achievements and innovations would not have been possible without the dynamic Stagecoach team who support me and I accept this award on their behalf.”