Top Shire Operator, sponsored by Ticketer
Stagecoach South West
Another company that has come a very long way in the last few years, Stagecoach South West has continued to concentrate on network stability and partnership working with investment in new routes and vehicles, and by aligning with the tourism industry laying strong foundations for continued growth and success in the region. In what has traditionally been a high fares area, the judges were impressed with the fares initiatives and marketing concepts such as ‘Hop12’, as well as the company’s close relationship with bodies dealing with the interests of those with physical and mental disabilities.
Local Authority Project of the Year
Devon County Council – Integrating Transport in Devon
Actively promoting, facilitating and supporting bus use, Devon County Council has developed a comprehensive, all-encompassing approach to integrating transport services, improving network viability and growing patronage. This is achieved through working with bus operators collaboratively towards common aims, working with other agencies where this may increase bus travel, joined-up policies on planning and provision, demonstrating the value of buses in meeting key policy aims, providing good information for the public, and investing in improved infrastructure and accessibility. The judges felt that this was a very good example of partnership in a county with more than its share of deep rural areas.
The Chris Moyes Memorial Award for Top National Bus Driver, sponsored by Traffilog UK
Gino Contrino (First Devon & Cornwall)
Gino has been a bus driver in the Camborne area of Cornwall for some 26 years and is regarded as a great representative for his employer and an inspiration to others. He has won awards for his outstanding customer service skills and has a consistently good track record. As his employer says: “He loves his job, and it shows.”