Stagecoach Manchester and Transdev Burnley & Pendle are fighting it out to see whether one of them will be named UK Bus Company of the Year 2010. It was announced this week that the two companies were on the shortlist for the UK Bus Awards – Stagecoach hoping to be named City Operator of the Year and Transdev looking to win the Shire Operator of the Year category, with the winners of each going head to head for the overall title.
Stagecoach Manchester is having a successful year on the awards front, having already won Chris Moyes Bus Operator of the Year accolade at the National Transport Awards earlier this year. They have also made the shortlist of three other categories: top national bus depot (Hyde Road), engineer of the year (Darren Roe) and winning new customers (Unirider). Mike Brinicombe won the engineer of the year award for the company last year, so can they make it two years on the trot?
Transdev Burnley & Pendle are no strangers to industry accolades either, having won awards for their outdoor marketing campaigns, and making the best operator shortlist several times – even being named runners-up in 2003. They only operate one route into Greater Manchester, but it’s the smartly branded X43 Witch Way express service which uses “twin-deck” leather seated buses, and which runs up to every 10 minutes in the peak hours for commuters to Manchester.
Good luck to both operators, and let’s hope they can win the award back for the North West region following Warrington Borough Transport’s win in 2008. The winners will be announced on 16th November 2010.