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Nottingham City Transport Celebrates as UK Bus Awards Shortlist is Announced

9 days ago Tue 9th Oct 2018

Four times UK Bus Operator of the Year, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is celebrating after being short-listed for 4 UK Bus Awards, including City Operator of the Year which could see the company crowned the best bus operator in the UK for a record breaking fifth time!

Through ‘The Big Reveal’ announcement today, 9 October, NCT has been shortlisted for:

  • Engineer of the Year: Graham Smith
  • Environment Award: Green NCT - Home of the World's Largest Fleet of Bio-Gas Double Decks
  • Top National Driver: Aaron Johnson
  • City Operator of the Year

Launched in 1996, the UK Bus Awards recognise and reward the best about the bus industry in the UK. NCT has won several awards over the years, including UK Bus Operator of the Year in 2004, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Mark Yexley, UK Bus Awards Chairman commented, “Once again the quality of the entries in 2018 has been outstanding. The judging panels have certainly faced a challenge; excellence is at an all-time high. We wish everybody the best of luck.”

NCT’s longest serving employee, Graham Smith, has been shortlisted for the Engineer of the Year award. Joining as an Apprentice in 1970, Graham has been at NCT 'man and boy' and through his loyal and dedicated service for 48 years, Graham has progressed through the ranks to Engineering Manager at NCT's biggest depot, Parliament Street, where he is responsible for 209 buses and a team of 90 staff.

As the home of the world’s largest fleet of Bio-Gas double deckers, NCT’s £16.4m investment in 53 brand new, super environmentally friendly buses and installation of a Gas Fuelling Station has seen the company short-listed for the Environment Award. The introduction of Bio-Gas buses marked the beginning of NCT’s 3 year programme to upgrade its entire fleet to Euro VI by 2020, which has been supported by grants awarded to Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to retrofit diesel buses with an exhaust treatment system that lowers fleet emissions by 90%.

Top National Driver nomination, Aaron Johnson is NCT’s current Driver of the Year, based on Purple Line 89. He has excellent customer service skills and frequently goes 'above and beyond' which is demonstrated by the 24 customer commendations he has received in the last decade.

NCT’s City Operator of the Year short-listing comes in the same year as the Company celebrates its 140th anniversary. Achieving an exceptionally high Transport Focus Customer Satisfaction Score of 94%, NCT carries the 2nd most satisfied bus users in the country and has stablised passenger numbers againast a national decline of 2.2% in the last year.

A win for City Operator of the Year could see NCT win UK Bus Operator of the Year for a record breaking fifth time.

Mark Fowles, NCT Managing Director commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have been short-listed for 4 UK Bus Awards, which recognises that Nottingham City Transport continues to be one of the best bus operators in the country.“ He continued, “It goes without saying that NCT would not achieve these accolades without the fantastic contribution from all our employees and my personal congratulations to Aaron Johnson and Graham Smith for their individual short-listings”

The UK Bus Awards Finalists Announcement takes place on Tuesday 20th November at Troxy in London.

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