Midlands drivers celebrate as national 'Bus Champion' shortlist is announced
Arriva has unveiled its regional shortlists for its nationwide Bus Champions award, as voted for by the people who know best – the customers.
As part of its national recognition scheme, Arriva received more than 300 nominations from bus users wanting to say ‘thank you’ to those drivers who consistently go above and beyond to deliver great service.
Now, the eight drivers from across the Midlands who made the coveted shortlist, will face the public vote once again, as passengers are invited to choose who makes the national final this April.
Cora Robinson, Regional Marketing Director from Arriva, said: “We’re big believers that through great endeavour you can achieve great reward – whether you’re a supreme athlete, a corporate high-flyer, or a bus driver on the road. We all have greatness within us and that is exactly what we want to showcase with this award.
“Our drivers are the heartbeat of our business – and they really do care about the customers they serve and communities they are part of. We are incredibly proud of how our shortlisted drivers have consistently gone that extra mile to ensure excellence on board their buses. We would urge anyone wanting to show their support, and take them all the way to the final, to go online now and share their thanks for being a true bus champion, through and through.”
The Midlands shortlist is:
• Jackie King (was Batchelor), Wigston depot
• Ivan King, Wigston depot
• Karl Wellard, Thurmaston depot
• Paul Anderson, Derby depot
• Kevin Swetman, Tamworth depot
• Paul Candlin, Telford depot
• Ian Astbury, Cannock depot
• Brett Haskett, Tamworth depot
Commendations for the final eight included exemplary customer service and cheery dispositions, as well as charitable work and giving their own time up for the good of their passengers.
The ‘Bus Champion – Driver of the Year’ title forms part of Arriva’s annual ‘Made A Difference’ (M.A.D) Awards campaign, a national recognition programme which looks at all elements of the bus company, including; engineering, depot management and back office functions.
The top regional drivers voted for by customers, will be celebrated during a glittering ceremony on 21st April, where the overall national Bus Champion will be announced.
To see the regional shortlists, or to vote for your favourites, visit the website at arrivabus.co.uk/champions. Alternatively, you can vote by email on [email protected]