Bus people across Britain are celebrating today after it was announced that they had been shortlisted for the prestigious UK Bus Awards. The list contains more than 100 people, projects and organisations from around the country, selected by the judges from over 250 nominations to go forward to the final stages, including mystery traveller checks.

UK Bus Awards chairman John Owen said: “Despite the difficult economic times, this year’s entries demonstrated clearly that creativity within the industry is still alive and well. The bar is constantly being raised, meaning that the innovation of a few years ago is now the everyday standard in many places.

“The bus industry has a come a long way in recent years and is every bit as dynamic as the high profile retail operations regarded as market leaders,” he added. “Our judges have been genuinely impressed with the commitment to higher standards in all areas of the business.”

The shortlist included representation from all of the major groups, as well as municipal and independent operators, local authorities and PTEs. Topping the list is Go-Ahead Group with 19 nominations, followed by Stagecoach on 17 and FirstGroup on 15. Notable first-timers on the list are the Greener Journeys lobbying group and the industry’s trade association the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), both named for innovative projects to promote the bus.

The individual scheme with the most nominations is the Sheffield Bus Partnership, which has been named as a finalist in no fewer than four categories.

Owen concluded: “I know I speak for all my colleagues in wishing the finalists the best of luck on November 19.”


The UK Bus Awards 2013 Shortlist:


Operating Awards

Top Express Operation, sponsored by Volvo Bus

  • First Cymru – Greyhound Express
  • Stagecoach East Scotland – Express City Connect
  • Travel de Courcey – National Express Operation

Top National Bus Depot, sponsored by Personal Group

  • Blyth, Arriva North East
  • Bolton, First Manchester
  • Crawley, Metrobus
  • Hengrove, First Bristol
  • Newport, Southern Vectis
  • Southport, Arriva North West & Wales

Top City Operator, sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Abellio London
  • Go North East
  • Lothian Buses
  • Stagecoach Manchester
  • Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire

Top Shire Operator, sponsored by Ticketer

  • Metrobus
  • Reading Buses
  • Stagecoach South West
  • Transdev Burnley & Pendle
  • Travel de Courcey

Top Independent Operator, sponsored by Scania

  • Compass Travel
  • Courtney Buses
  • Ensignbus, Thurrock
  • Norfolk Green
  • Perrymans Buses

UK Bus Operator of the Year, sponsored by Belmont International and QBE Insurance

The winner for this award will be chosen from the winners of the Top City, Top Shire and Top Independent categories, and the winner will be announced on 19 November.


Technical & Professional Awards

Environment Award

  • FirstGroup – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle Programme
  • Lothian Buses – Leading the Way for Greener Transport
  • Reading Buses – A Breath of Fresh Air
  • Stagecoach Group – Sustainability Success
  • Transport for London – NOx Abatement Programme
  • Travel de Courcey & partners – Coventry Park & Ride South Electric Vehicle Project

Innovation Award, sponsored by Alexander Dennis

  • Centro – The Safer Travel Command Centre
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport UK – Bus for Us
  • First Aberdeen’s Bespoke Oil Storage Tank for bendibuses
  • Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power – Hybrid Power Flywheel Project
  • Greener Journeys – Bus for Jobs
  • South Yorkshire PTE joint entry with Sheffield City Council, First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield and Sheffield Community Transport – The Sheffield Bus Partnership
  • uTrack Software Solutions – uTrack and National Express Coach

Putting Passengers First – The Claudia Flanders Memorial Award, sponsored by INIT

  • Bluestar – Star Access
  • Dales Integrated Transport Alliance – One-Way £1 Fare for Under-19s
  • Go North East – Delivering Service and Innovation
  • Lothian Buses – The Digital Customer
  • North Yorkshire County Council – Ride Around for a £1 (RAF£1)
  • Reading Buses – Dedicated to Accessibility for Everyone
  • Stagecoach East Scotland – Improving Customer Relations Through Social Media

Making Buses A Better Choice: the Peter Huntley Memorial Award, sponsored by Heathrow Airport

  • Essex County Council – Using Demand Responsive Transport to Meet the Needs of Rural Communities
  • First Hampshire & Dorset with Hampshire CC – Eclipse
  • Lothian Buses – Service 10 – Buses for Everyone
  • Nottingham City Transport – Go2 Yellow Line – Take the Weight Off  Your Feet and Be Sure of a Seat
  • Solent Blue Line (t/a Uni-link) – Uni-link with Bluestar – A Platform for Growth
  • South Yorkshire PTE & Partners – Sheffield Bus Partnership
  • Stagecoach East – The Busway
  • Stagecoach in Sheffield – Supertram Link Services

Local Authority Project of the Year

  • Centro – Birmingham City Centre Interchange
  • Devon County Council – Integrating Transport in Devon
  • Metro and Partners – The Improved A65 – Travel the Easyway
  • Sheffield City Council & Partners – Sheffield Bus Partnership.

The Eureka! Award for Marketing Initiatives

  • Arriva North East/Arriva Yorkshire – It’s Alive, It’s Electric – Frankenbus
  • First Manchester – Save Manchester
  • Go North East – The Green Angels
  • Go North East – Your Bus Ticket on Your Mobile
  • Greener Journeys – Bus for Jobs
  • Stagecoach UK Bus – Adoption of Social Media for Business and Consumer Benefit
  • Translink – yLink – Youth Travel Card

The Marketing Excellence Award, sponsored by CBS Outdoor

  • Go North East – Maximising the Brand
  • Go South Coast (more Bus) – more, more, more!
  • Lloyds Coaches – Creating a Strong Brand Image
  • Megabus UK – Stagecoach plc – Megabus UK: Digital Integration
  • Stagecoach in Sheffield – Creating Strong Passenger Growth
  • Yellow Buses – The Brighter Bus Company

The Bus and the Community Award

  • Brighton & Hove – Police Liaison Officer Initiative
  • First West Yorkshire – Making the Grade
  • Go-Ahead Group – Go Learn
  • Lothian Buses – Go Blue for Prostate Scotland
  • Nottingham City Transport – Clifton Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
  • Stagecoach London – Bus Driver Cycle Awareness


Awards for Industry People

The Young Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

  • Jon Croxford (First West Yorkshire)
  • Simon Goff (First Berkshire)
  • Morgan Stevens (Newport Transport)
  • Tom Waterhouse (Stagecoach South)

The Unsung Heroes Award, sponsored by Backhouse Jones

  • Alan Black (Lothian Buses)
  • Brian Dawber (Reading Buses)
  • Gieni Dudek (Newport Transport)
  • Vernon Gibbs (Southern Vectis)
  • Kenneth Monaghan (Stagecoach West Scotland)
  • Jason Rayner (Stagecoach South)

The Chris Moyes Memorial Award for Top National Bus Driver, sponsored by Traffilog

  • Jaison Annear (First Bristol & Avon)
  • Raul Campos Folgado (Lothian Buses)
  • Harmesh Chand (Newport Transport)
  • Gino Contrino (First Devon & Cornwall)
  • Augusto Iandi (First Hampshire & Dorset)
  • Phil Millard (First Manchester)
  • Barry Polkey (Nottingham City Transport)

The Engineer of the Year Award

  • Simon Carlisle (First West Yorkshire)
  • Jason Dixon (Arriva Yorkshire)
  • Martin Dixon (Abellio London & Surrey)

Services to the Industry

There is no shortlist for this award. The winner will be announced on 19 November.


London Awards

TfL Award for London Bus Garage of the Year

  • Barking (Stagecoach London)
  • Cricklewood (Metroline)
  • Hounslow (London United)
  • New Cross (Go-Ahead London)
  • Orpington (Metrobus)
  • West Ham (Stagecoach London)

Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust Award for Top London Bus Driver

  • John Anderson (Quality Line, Epsom)
  • Jason Bond (Abellio London, Battersea)
  • Pat Connolly (Go-Ahead London, Sutton)
  • Ian Holmes (London United, Fulwell)
  • Thomas McDonnell (Arriva London, Tottenham)
  • Lesley Peacock (Metroline, Holloway)
  • Steve Riches (Go-Ahead London, Merton)
  • Andrew Samuel (Go-Ahead London, Peckham)