UK Bus Awards Events
Details of the various events organised in connection with the awards
The 22nd annual contest took place against continuing political and economic uncertainty, prompted by the inconclusive General Election result and fears over Brexit. Passenger demand had continued to fall in many parts of the country, including London, in the face of the continuing growth of home shopping via the internet and growing traffic congestion in our town and city centres.
The industry is facing a time of rapid change - as emphasised in speeches to the Presentation Ceremony by UKBA Chairman Mark Yexley and guest speaker Leon Daniels. The industry will embrace the change - as it always has done, and this was reflected in the range and quality of entries for the 2017 competition.
Again, there was no shortage of people, projects and organisations to judge in the competition, as we boiled down over 250 nominations to the 106 finalists. The finalists were announced at an event at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester on Thursday 12 October, attended by more than 80 industry representatives. The ceremony took place for first time at Troxy in Docklands, and attracted an audience of over 710 people.
The 21st annual contest took place against an uncertain political and economic background, prompted by the EU Referendum result and other world problems. Falling passenger demand in some parts of the country, notably London, was a continuing problem, prompted by continuing low petrol prices, the growth of home shopping via the internet and growing congestion in our town and city centres - all problems referred to at our Ceremony by UKBA Chairman Tony Depledge and guest of honour Norman Baker.
Despite the problems, though, there was once again no shortage of people, projects and organisations to judge in the competition, as we boiled down over 250 nominations to the 99 finalists. The finalists were announced at an event at the Volvo Technical Centre on Thursday 6 October, attended by more than 100 industry representatives. The ceremony took place for the second year at The Ballroom on the South Bank, and attracted an audience of over 670 people.
Our 20th annual competition took place against a background of rapidly falling oil prices and continuing public expenditure cuts, which had a particular effect on tendered service networks. The growth of internet shopping was also seen to be having an effect on demand. Nevertheless, there was continued growth in many parts of the country and the UK Bus Awards judges were once again impressed by the quality and inventiveness shown by many of the 200+ entries.
The Finalists Announcement took place on 6 October at Wythall Transport Museum in Worcestershire, where finalists and organisers alike received a really warm welcome from museum staff and volunteers - which all made for a very special day. The 20th anniversary of the awards was celebrated in some style at our new London venue - The Ballroom on the South Bank at which over 630 people acclaimed the winners: Jane Hill from BBC News was our compere once more, and the guest of honour was Jeff Halliwell, chair of consumer watchdog Transport Focus. For the first time ever, an officially organised After Party was held at which guests were entertained by the bus industry's very own band, Never Mind the Bus Stops.
Our 19th annual competition took place against the background of economic recovery amid market recovery in many parts of the country. Our finalist announcement took place on Thursday 9 October at the London Transport Museum as part of the Year of the Bus celebrations, and the Presentation Ceremony took place at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on Tuesday 18 November. We welcomed Sir Peter Hendy as our guest of honour, and the DfT's Head of Local Transport, Graham Pendlebury, as our keynote speaker. The competition attracted over 400 nominations from around the country including over 200 from members of the public nominating their favourite bus driver.
All about the events that we organised for the 2013 competition. These were held against a background of hesitant economic recovery and major social change as the Coalition Government's measures took effect. Our short-list announcement took place at the Heathrow Academy on 10 October, when we were welcomed by Heathrow Airport. The 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony was held at the London Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 19 November. We welcomed a new Minister, Baroness Kramer, and Lord Snape, chairman of the Bus Appeals Board, presented the prizes in 21 categories.
All about the events which took place during the Olympic Year of 2012, the seventeenth year of the competition. This was launched by chairman John Owen and directors Jamie Cash and Chris Cheek at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport's (CILT) inaugural Bus & Coach Forum Lecture, at Fit for London at Stratford International Station on 22 March. The short-list announcement took place in London Docklands on 27 September and the presentation ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on 20 November.
The 16th year of the competition took place against a period of economic uncertainty as public spending was cut and consumer spending came under immense pressure. Even so, it was a record year for entries, with over 250 nominations being received. The short-list announcement took place in Nottingham on 14th September, as part of the Annual Conference held in that city, and Bus Users UK chair Gillian Merron presented the prizes to the winners at the London Hilton Hotel on 29 November.
The 15th annual competition took place against the background of a General Election, a new coalition Government and continued economic uncertainty. Even so, our entry level was once again above the 200 mark.
The Annual Conference was held at the University of Warwick to allow delegates to visit the award-winning PrimeLines partnership project, and the Presentation Ceremony was attended by over 670 people, once more at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.
The 14th annual competition took place against the background of the biggest economic downturn for 60 years, but nevertheless attracted a new record number of entries - 210 in total.
The Annual Conference was held at Homerton College, Cambridge. As well as a superb visit to the Cambridgeshire Busway, delegates enjoyed an excellent conference including a conference dinner which was addressed by Wellglade chairman Brian King. The Presentation Ceremony "went home", returning to the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, where the awards were presented by Anthony Smith, chief executive of Passenger Focus, the passenger watchdog which assumed responsibility for buses as well as trains in April 2010.
The 13th annual competition saw several innovations, including the rebranding of the seminar as the UKBA Annual Conference. This was held in Dartford to enable delegates to see the award-winning Fastrack BRT system. The Presentation Ceremony moved to its largest ever venue, Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, and an audience of over 720 people heard transport minister Paul Clark MP praise the achievements of all the winners and finalists. The awards were presented by the very distinguished transport professional Dr David Quarmby, chairman of the Independent Transport Commission and former MD of London Buses.
The twelfth annual competition saw a short-list announcement and seminar at Aston University, together with a move for the presentation ceremony to Old Billingsgate in the City of London.
The event attracted our largest ever audience, with over 830 people crammed into the venue to be greeted by transport minister Rosie Winterton. The awards presented by Olympic transport boss Hugh Sumner. A considerable PR coup was achieved that year, when BBC1's top rated magazine programme "The One Show" broadcast live from the venue, and our Top London Bus Driver Danny Tiwari featured in an extended portrait for the BBC World Service "Outlook" programme.
A hugely successful quality bus seminar at Aston University accompanied the announcement of the short-list, whilst the Presentation Ceremony was held at the London Hilton Hotel. Transport Minister Gillian Merrion spoke at the event, and won many friends for her enthusiasm both for the industry as a whole and for the UK Bus Awards and what the scheme tries to do. The awards were presented by another long-standing friend of the industry, former transport minister and London mayoral candidate Steven Norris.