South Yorkshire bus firms shortlisted for national awards

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Bus operators in South Yorkshire will battle it out in the annual UK Bus Awards next month.

First South Yorkshire and Stagecoach have both been shortlisted for awards from over 400 nominations from across the country.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 18 based on nominations received and reports from mystery travellers.

First South Yorkshire employee Malcolm Burton, based in Doncaster, has been shortlisted for the Top National Bus Driver award and the company’s Rotherham depot has made it to the Top National Bus Depot category.

The depot, with its team of 315 members of staff, is said to have transformed its operation of more than 100 buses to deliver consistent and improved quality of service and improved customer satisfaction rates under the slogan ‘Rotherham, where everyone matters’.

Stagecoach employee Shayne Howarth has been nominated for the Unsung Heroes Award.

His nomination says he ‘never settles for second best and pushes those around him to challenge, question and work towards offering the best service provision possible’.

Tony Depledge, chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “Yet again, this year’s entries embody the vibrant and creative spirit showcased by the UK Bus Awards Scheme and I’m delighted we have another year of strong competition.

“The judges have selected a superb range of entries for the final stages of the contest, where rising passenger numbers and satisfaction and ever-imaginative marketing initiatives, focused on listening to customers, have shone out.

“Each and every finalist has winning qualities.”