Bus Names

We’ve started naming our buses after local heroes who live in and around our bus network and have made a contribution to Nottingham life. Here is our a list of all of our named buses.

Bus 331 – Sgt Heather Sutton

Sgt Heather Sutton won the first Nottingham Post Local Heroes Award in 2014 for her bravery after jumping into the River Trent to rescue a lady. Living on the Green 11 route, it was only fitting for one of her local buses to be named after her, which brings great pride to her children when they see ‘mummy’s bus’ on their way to and from school.

Sgt Heather Sutton

Bus 334 – Amanda Ogelsby

Amanda is the first female Nottingham City Transport bus driver to be crowned NCT Driver of the Year and won the title for 2015. The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Jackie Morris unveiled her bus at our Trent Bridge Garage. Outside of work, Amanda has raised lots of money for charity, including Diabetes UK.

Lord Mayor of Nottingham Unveils Amanda Ogelsby Bus

Bus 354 – Helen Richardson-Walsh

In recognition of Helen’s outstanding achievement in the Rio Olympic Games, where she scored one of the penalties that secured Olympic Gold for Team GB for the very first time in its history – a number 8 bus was a fitting choice, as not only is 8 the number on Helen’s team shirt, but the Green Line number 8 is also regularly caught by Helen’s mum who still lives in West Bridgford!
Helen Richardson Walsh

Bus 403 – Henry Blofeld OBE

Our first Gas Bus to be named was after cricket commentating legend, Henry Blofeld OBE, on the first day of England’s test match against South Africa on 14 July 2017. Kept a secret from Henry, the presentation took place at Trent Bridge to coincide with his last Test Match Special commentary from the Ground ahead of his retirement after 45 years. His unique style, with regular use of the phrase “my dear old thing” has become part of Test Match Special during Tests, alongside his regular mentions of the colourful buses passing Trent Bridge.

NCT gas bus named after Henry Blofeld

Bus 426 – Albert Ball VC

Born and raised in Nottingham, Albert joined the Sherwood Foresters at the outbreak of the First World War and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in October 1914. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps the following year and flew reconnaissance missions before being posted in May that year to a fighter unit. He accrued many aerial victories, earning three Distinguished Service Orders, the Military Cross and the Victoria Cross. He was the first ace to become a British national hero and was tragically killed in action on May 7th, 1917, aged 20.

Albert Ball VC bus and four-legged Mercian Regimental Mascot, Private Derby XXXII.

Bus 427 – HMS Sherwood

This Bio-Gas double deck bus has been named after HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve unit. HMS Sherwood were recently granted the Freedom of the City of Nottingham by Nottingham City Council and exercised this right for the first time on 2 June 2018, the same day the new re-named bus was unveiled.

Bus 613 – Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku has grown up in Nottingham and currently goes to school at Trinity Catholic School, Aspley, where he is a key member of several orchestras and ensembles and it is the bus he uses to and from school, Turquoise Line 77, which has the honour of displaying his name. Holding a junior scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, Sheku began playing the cello when he was only 6-years-old and achieved Grade 8 examination by the time he was 9 – scoring the highest marks in the UK in the process. He now regularly performs in the Chineke! Orchestra and the JRAM Symphony Orchestra. He was named BBC Young Musician 2016 in May of this year, after a captivating rendition of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no.1 at the Barbican in central London. Sheku fought off competition from around 450 entrants, performing through 5 rounds of competition and impressing industry-leading judges in order to claim the title.

Sheku Kanneh Mason and his bus

Bus 617 – Wally Swift

Nottingham born Wally Swift, took up boxing at the age of 10 and won three schoolboy titles, before beginning his professional career at Nottingham Ice Stadium on 7th October 1957 and winning his first nine fights whilst also working at Raleigh.

In 1960, Wally won the British Welterweight title and twice fought for the Commonwealth title before moving up to Middleweight. He was British Champion between 1964 and 1965 and went on to fight for the European Super Welterweight and Middleweight titles and the British and Commonwealth Middleweight titles.

Sheila Swift at the naming of a NCT bus today for her husband ex boxer Wally who died in 2012. NCT.

Bus 627 – Alice Levine

Alice Levine is a BBC Radio 1 and television presenter from Nottingham. Alice and her family are from Beeston in Nottingham and are regular users of Orange 36 between Chilwell, Beeston, University, QMC and the City Centre. You can watch Alice driving her bus at the unveiling on our YouTube page.

Photo of the Alice Levine bus

Bus 641 – Neil Parnell

Neil was a community hero and youth worker, from Wilford, who was an asset to the Nottingham community, after helping thousands of disadvantaged youths in the city break away from gang culture and play football instead. Neil was a founding member of Unity FC and was a Programme Manager at Catch 22, arranging schemes for disadvantaged young people, supporting them back in to education or employment.

Pictured (L>R) are Neils partner, Nicci Parker and his children, Frances Parnell with her daughter Ella Parnell-Smith and son George Parnell.

Pictured (L>R) are Neils partner, Nicci Parker and his children, Frances Parnell with her daughter Ella Parnell-Smith and son George Parnell.

Bus 717 – Phil Rowson

This bus has now left the fleet, but was named Phil Rowson when with us. Phil is a very popular driver on Orange 34 between the City Centre and University Park. Phil won our Driver of the Year for 2014 and picked up the Bronze Award in the UK Bus Awards Top National Bus Driver category. Outside of work, he’s built his own house from scratch!

Photo of Phil Rowson at UK Bus Awards

Bus 721 – Ismail Sadurdeen

This bus has now left the fleet, but was named Ismail Sadurdeen when with us. Ismail is the first international student to be elected Student Union President in the history of the University of Nottingham, so his appointment brings with it not only a significant amount of responsibility, but also a landmark slice of local student history.

Ismail Sadurdeen bus unveiling with his parents

Bus 911 – Herbert Kilpin

Herbert Kilpin is widely regarded as the ‘father of Italian football’. Growing up in Nottingham at the end of the 19th Century, Herbert had a passion for football and he played for several Nottingham teams at the Forest Recreation Ground. When his work in the lace mills took him to Northern Italy, and later to Milan, it was here that he founded Milan Football Club, later to become the world-famous AC Milan. Herbert’s bus was unveiled on 22 October 2016, on the centenary of his death.

Herbert Kilpin Bus Naming with Andy Black

Bus 918 – Les Roome

Les was our Driver of the Year in 2013 and went on to be the first Nottingham City Transport bus driver to win Top National Bus Driver at the UK Bus Awards. Les is a very popular and friendly driver on our Lilac Line services to Carlton and is even known to give Brucie impressions!

Les Roome - Top National Bus Driver

Bus 945 – Richard Whitehead

Richard is a world record holder in full and half marathons and the current Paralympic, World and European Champion in the T42 200m. Having successfully defended his T42 200m World and European titles in 2015 and 2016 respectively, Richard went on to win his second Paralympic Gold medal in the event at the Rio Games. Four days later Richard added Paralympic silver to his Rio medal haul, crossing the line joint second in a dramatic T42 100m final.

Richard Whitehead MBE


Bus 952 – Safdar Ali

Safdar was our Driver of the Year in 2016 and he achieved the highest Driver of the Year mystery traveller score of all our winners to date – an impressive 96.4%. Safdar joined Nottingham City Transport in 2000 and helped launch Orange 34 in 2006, a route he enjoyed driving for over a decade. During his time on Orange 34, Safdar saw it grow from a 12 minute midi-bus service to the 5 minute double deck service it is today. Safdar has received many customer commendations and is popular amongst staff and students at the University of Nottingham.

Safdar Ali Bus Naming

Bus 959 – Sean Upton

Originally from Beeston Rylands, Warrant Officer Sean Upton of the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery died in an explosion while he was on foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand Province in July 2009. His dad, Jack Upton, was a driver for Nottingham City Transport for 36 years before he retired last year, and it was his old colleagues who suggested naming NCT’s special Armed Forces Day bus after his son.

Sean Upton Bus

Bus 962 – Barry Polkey

Barry won NCT Driver of the Year in 2012 and was the runner up in the Top National Bus Driver Award at the UK Bus Awards in 2013. With the winner that year being from Lothian Buses in Edinburgh, Barry was the best bus driver in England that year! Barry is a Gotham Garage driver, mainly on our 53 route.


Bus 963 – Josh Hill

Josh Hill was born and bred in Clifton. Fundraising from a young age, following the loss of his cousin to meningitis B at aged 8, Josh has undertaken many activities to raise money for important charities and causes. After his brother Kieron died in action in Afghanistan in 2009, Josh was involved in raising money to create the Clifton Memorial in his brother’s name and continues to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Josh Hill 0414-021

 Bus 964 – Kieron Hill

Clifton-born soldier, Lance Corporal Kieron Hill, was sadly killed whilst on duty in Afghanistan in 2009 – aged just 20. Kieron’s bus was unveiled by his family adjacent to the Kieron Hill Memorial on what would have been his 25th birthday.

Bus 965 – Keith Elliott

When Keith Elliott, President of the Clifton All Whites Football Club, sadly passed away in February 2014, the residents of Clifton were both shocked and saddened. As the longest serving member of the club, for 45 years Keith had dedicated his life to the teams, players, their families and supporters – demonstrating a passion and commitment to the local community rarely seen. The bus naming was unveiled by Keith’s family at Clifton Football Ground.

Photograph of the Keith Elliott bus with Keith's children

Bus 966 – Michael Chandley

Seventy-one-year-old Michael Chandley was announced as the winner of Nottingham City Transport’s ‘search for a Clifton Hero’ competition in 2012, as part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations serving Clifton Estate. Michael was nominated by Clifton residents in recognition of the community work and cleaning he had done for many years.

Clifton Hero Michael Chandley

Bus 967 – Barbara Green

Barbara was nominated by people from Clifton as part of our Clifton Heroes scheme. Barbara is a community and charity worker within Clifton who raises money for various causes, including Pancreatic Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease and the Nottingham Neo-natal Unit. Barbara also supports local youth work within Clifton.

Barbara Green

Bus 968 – Karen Humble

Karen was nominated by people from Clifton as part of our Clifton Heroes scheme. She is the founder and chair of Clifton Community and Family Support Group. CCFSG is a small local charity that supports families in need plus the wider community by providing activities that reduce social isolation, increase self-esteem and help to promote community spirit.

Karen Humble

Bus 969 – Maria Watson

Maria was nominated by people from Clifton as part of our Clifton Heroes scheme. Maria is a fundraiser and supplier of food hampers to struggling families of Clifton, Ruddington and Silverdale through a local Facebook Donations Page. Maria also runs a loan service for wheelchairs. Promoting and supporting local people with their businesses is another vital service Maria provides.

Maria Watson

Bus 970 – Iqra Ul-Hassan

Iqra was named Student of the Year at the Nottingham Post Student Awards in 2014 after turning her life around and becoming a top grade student. Iqra turned her life around after flunking out of college and has now set her sights on a PhD in philosophy after getting offers from four universities.

Iqra Ul Hassan

Bus 971 – Wayne Kidger

Wayne was nominated by people from Clifton as part of our Clifton Heroes scheme. Wayne is a football coach and runs the soccer school at Clifton All Whites. Wayne is also a fundraiser and school governor.

Wayne Kidger