Stagecoach East – which covers Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Peterborough and is the largest local bus operator – has won an industry award for attracting visitors to its bus depots. The company won gold at the UK Bus Awards in the ‘outreach’ category.
At a ceremony held at Troxy in London, the judges gave Stagecoach East the Gold Award in the Bus and Community category for its work on Behind the Buses.
This scheme encourages local politicians and community representatives to visit local depots to learn more about what it takes to keep local buses moving in the busy Eastern region.
At the same awards, Andy Fisher, engineering manager of both Cambridge and Fenstanton depots went home with a Silver Award for Engineer of the Year.
Stagecoach East was also a finalist for Culture Change for its KOPS campaign, Going for Growth for the 100% Club, and Young Manager of the Year for Amber Olney.
The results come just weeks after Stagecoach East won the trophy for Excellence in Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement at the National Transport Awards 2023.
Darren Roe, managing director of Stagecoach East, said: “It really has been quite a remarkable few weeks to get such recognition for our region on a national scale. I could not be prouder of what we have achieved and the team that has made it happen.
“Such a lot of hard work goes into bringing these initiatives to life and then drawing together the application pack for the judges. We were amazed to even be shortlisted in five different categories, so to go home a winner feels like a vindication of all the work that has gone in.
“As an organisation and as a group of people dedicated to doing the right thing for our passengers, it is very rewarding to be given confirmation from independent industry experts that we are on the right path.”