Passenger lands top prize for voting for her favourite bus driver in South Yorkshire

Paul Bilham, the driver Jane voted for, Jane Goldthorpe, the competition winner, and Patrick Beighton, operations manager at Stagecoach's Rawmarsh depot.
Paul Bilham, the driver Jane voted for, Jane Goldthorpe, the competition winner, and Patrick Beighton, operations manager at Stagecoach's Rawmarsh depot.
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A South Yorkshire bus passenger has bagged a top prize by voting for her favourite driver in a customer competition.

Jane Goldthorpe, from Swinton, won £100 of Love2shop vouchers after taking part in Stagecoach Yorkshire’s annual customer service stars competition.

She was presented with her prize by Patrick Beighton, operations manager at Stagecoach and Paul Bilham, the driver Jane voted for, at Stagecoach’s Rawmarsh depot, in Rotherham.

Jane said: “Myself and the other passengers I boarded with at the bus stop were so pleased with how polite and cheery Paul was, we all decided we just had to vote for him.

“I really think if you are happy and chirpy it makes everyone else’s day a bit brighter.”

Stagecoach’s winning driver will be revealed later this month.

Paul Lynch, Stagecoach Yorkshire managing director, said feedback from customers was vital to improving its services.