Entries for this year's UK Bus Awards are 'outstanding', says UKBA Chairman John Owen. "For the second year in a row, we have had more than 160 entries representing over 250 different organisations," he said.
What has surprised organisers this year has been the quality of the entries. "There's no doubt that it's been a difficult time for everybody with economic uncertainty, fuel price increases and problems over concessionary fares," said John. "The fact that despite all these problems the industry is still focusing on innovation, marketing and quality shows great promise for the future of our industry. I cannot praise all this hard work highly enough."
A total of six panels of independent, expert judges are meeting over the next few weeks to assess the entries, after which mystery traveller exercise will be fanning out all over the country, to assess standards on the ground.
After 12 years, when the popularity of many other award schemes has already dwindled, it seems that the bus industry has grown to love its only significant and dedicated award scheme. John Owen believes he understands why.
"The UKBA scheme provides a level playing field, enabling competitors of all sizes and backgrounds to be considered on an equal basis by specialist expert judges and then assessed from the passengers’ viewpoint. That makes the awards unique, and it’s why our winners value our Awards so highly."
The Shortlist for the UK Bus Awards 2008 will be announced in Dartford on Tuesday 23 September. Further information is available from this web site.