Several of our buses are named after local people who live in and around our bus network and have made a contribution to Nottingham life.
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.
Bus 334 - Amanda Ogelsby
Amanda was 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 458 - Deborah Spence
Deborah Spence, Deputy Team Leader in Urology at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), was the winner of the prestigious Chair’s Award at the hospitals’ staff awards, and her prize is a bus named after her. Deborah was chosen as the winner for the exceptional work she has done to mentor and teach the Theatre stars of the future (known as student Operational Department Practitioners (ODPs)). She also works tirelessly to improve the urology service to further improve patient and staff experience at NUH, including admissions to urology theatres to ensure it runs more smoothly for patients and staff.
Bus 464 - Jatinder Kumar
Jatinder has worked for NCT for 11 years and is a very popular driver on our Lilac Line services. He has received several customer commendations over the years and his positive approach and dedication was recognised when he was crowned NCT Driver of the Year 2018. His mystery traveller score was a fabulous 93% and he was credited for being extremely polite to all passengers, mixing up his farewells with either a smile, thumbs up, thank you or a wave.
Bus 472 - Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson was crowned NCT Bus Driver of the Year 2017, after scoring an exceptionally high mystery traveller score during his assessments. A year later, he went on to be crowned Top National Bus Driver in the UK Bus Awards 2018. He has excellent customer service skills and frequently goes 'above and beyond' which is demonstrated by him receiving 24 customer commendations in the last decade. Poorly passengers, people who have fallen on the pavement near his bus, school children on trips and a lady with learning disabilities who became anxious when she missed her stop have all praised Aaron. His attendance record is remarkable, with just 1 day sick and he has never been late for work since he joined NCT in 1997. Aaron's driving skills mirror his fantastic customer service skills and he hasn't had a blameworthy accident in 20 years. His 100% accident free record only tarnished in 2015 when a motorist steered into his bus and caused a small scratch. Customers can also depend on Aaron to get them to their destination on time, with 92% of the buses he drives turning up on time.
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.
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.
Bus 624 - Robert Howard
Robert Howard is a local historian and former County Councillor, who is passionate about Nottingham and Nottingham City Transport. We have recently produced the "History by Bus 35" Guide with Robert, which details the fascinating historical importance of places along the route. You can download a copy here.
Bus 625 - Kenneth Alan Taylor
Kenneth Alan Taylor is synonymous with Nottingham Playhouse Panto, which he has written and directed for 35 years. To coincide with the last day of his 35th Nottingham Playhouse Pantomime - Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – Panto sponsor, a route 35 bus was named after Kenneth. As well as writing and directing Playhouse Panto for the last 35 years, Kenneth was Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse for seven years. His theatre and television credits are vast, including The Cherry Orchard, The Father, Noises Off on stage and Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Cold Feet on screen. He received the MTA award for Best Supporting Actor in The Price (Octagon Theatre Bolton).
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. The Alice Levine bus has been reallocated to Orange 35 since being named.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Named Buses:
The following buses have left the NCT fleet, but were named whilst in service in Nottingham:
- Bus 717 - Phil Rowson
- Bus 721 - Ismail Sadurdeen
- Bus 952 - Safdar Ali