NCT named UK Bus Operator of the Year

NCT named UK Bus Operator of the Year NCT named UK Bus Operator of the Year
Nottingham City Transport was named UK Bus Operator of the Year 2012 at the annual UK Bus Awards this week with Reading Buses as runner-up. NCT has now taken the top award twice, having first won in 2004. It was also Top City Operator this year, while Top Shire Operator was Reading Buses and Top Independent, Ensignbus.

Speaking at the event which took place at the London Hilton with around 700 delegates, UK Bus Awards chairman John Owen said: “Our aim is to recognise and reward projects and organisations that are really pushing the boundaries in terms of innovation, marketing and technology. But, crucially, to focus on the people and the partnerships that keep the wheels turning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Owen also presented a special ‘long service’ award to transport minister Norman Baker for being the first government minister to survive regular reshuffles and attend three consecutive award ceremonies.

The UK Bus Awards chairman and former CPT president also took the opportunity to remind Baker of the threats currently facing the industry with the “triple whammy” of reduced concessionary fare reimbursement, cuts to non commercial services and concerns over the future of BSOG. “There is a danger that a lot of people who have been won over to the bus, may lose their bus services,” warned Owen, asking the minister to listen carefully to the industry’s concerns in the current BSOG consultation.

Bus and Coach Professional sponsored the Claudia Flanders Memorial Award for Putting Passengers First which was won by Go North East.