East Anglia

Environment sponsored by Volvo Bus

Winner, Silver Award, Diesel into Hybrid - Ensign Bus Company and Vantage Power

Over the last three years, Ensign has worked closely with Vantage Power to bring to market the B320 System - a hybrid powertrain designed to retrofit existing double-decker buses. The B320 allows operators to upgrade older buses to the latest emissions standard while reducing fuel consumption by over 40%, and at a quarter the cost of buying new hybrid vehicles.

The judges noted Vantage's role as the inventor and developer and that of Ensignbus in taking on the commercial risk to expand the system and in marketing it.

Innovation sponsored by Alexander Dennis

Winner, Gold Award, Diesel Into Hybrid - Ensign Bus Company and Vantage Power

Over the last three years, Ensign has worked closely with Vantage Power to bring to market the B320 System - a hybrid powertrain designed to retrofit existing double-decker buses. The B320 allows operators to upgrade older buses to the latest emissions standard while reducing fuel consumption by over 40%, and at a quarter the cost of buying new hybrid vehicles.

The judges were extremely impressed by this innovative after-market product, which can maximise the benefits of existing vehicles and minimise the capital cost. The ability of the system to replace the whole drive unit on vehicles stood out as different from other systems of retrofitting. The judges noted Vantage's role as the inventor and developer and that of Ensignbus in taking on the commercial risk to expand the system and in marketing it.

Top National Bus Driver: the Chris Moyes Memorial Award sponsored by Traffilog

Finalist, Chris Richmond - Konectbus

Chris Richmond was interviewed for a job with Konectbus in 2013, he reportedly came across as a smart and confident young man. "His interest and enthusiasm for the job impressed the Operations Manager who had no hesitation in giving him a position," says his employer. "Since 2013 we receive regular compliments about Chris. He is a very professional driver and sets a fine example."

Top Independent Operator sponsored by Wrightbus

Winner, Silver Award, - Ensign Bus Company

The Ensign Bus Company is an independent operator that runs a fully commercial network in difficult operating territory around the A13 and M25 Dartford crossing area. "Already fiercely proud of our operating statistics and being the reigning Independent Operator of the Year, the last 12 months have seen us improve the operation and business further," it says.

The judges were impressed by the company's doubling of turnover in a year, and that it ran Boxing Day services.

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