The 2019 routeone Awards shortlist is announced

It’s that time of the year again. Announcement of the finalists for the 2019 routeone Awards takes matters one step closer to the naming of the winners at October’s prestigious presentation evening

Judging for the 2019 routeone Awards is up and running, with the diverse panel of industry experts having come together to create a shortlist of potential winners in each of the 16 categories.

Via extensive deliberation prior to meeting at the Peterborough offices of routeone, the eight-strong panel carefully assessed this year’s exceptionally strong crop of entries. Shortlisting is key to finding the winners, and it is taken seriously by all involved.

With experience in commercial, operational, training, vehicle manufacture and Traffic Commissioner roles, the judges are well-placed to deliver an impeccable verdict on every entry. Doing so is a meticulous process, and it delivers results that are entirely credible.

There is one caveat. In some categories, judgment is reserved until more information is received. Therefore, shortlisting in the five people categories is on hold until interviews are held in Peterborough on 23-24 July.

For the Special Award, there is no shortlist. The winner is determined by the judges based on his or her contribution to the industry. As with all other winners, they will be named at the presentation evening, to be held on 2 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole to coincide with Coach & Bus UK.

And the shortlist is…

Operator Training Award

  • Anthony’s Travel
  • Arriva Yorkshire
  • Lucketts Group
  • Maynes Coaches
  • Reading Buses
  • Tyrers Coaches

Manager of the Year, small/medium operator (up to 150 vehicles)

  • To be confirmed

Manager of the Year, large operator (over 150 vehicles)

  • To be confirmed

Engineer of the Year, small/medium operator (up to 150 vehicles)

  • To be confirmed

Engineer of the Year, large operator (over 150 vehicles)

  • To be confirmed

Rising Star

  • To be confirmed

Best Use of Technology (up to 150 vehicles)

  • Greys of Ely
  • Maynes Coaches
  • Passenger Plus
  • Shearings Holidays

Best Use of Technology (over 150 vehicles)

  • Abellio London
  • Arriva Southern Counties
  • Lucketts Group
  • Nottingham City Transport
  • Reading Buses
  • Stagecoach UK Bus

Environment Award

  • Arriva North West
  • Bluestar
  • Eastons Holidays
  • Go North East
  • The Harrogate Bus Company
  • Reading Buses

Excellence in Minibus Operation

  • Coatham Coaches
  • Homeward Bound Minicoaches
  • Passenger Plus
  • White’s St Albans

Small Coach Operator of the Year (up to 15 vehicles)

  • Bayliss Executive Travel
  • Belle Vue (Manchester)
  • Bluebird Coaches (Weymouth)
  • Countrywide Coaches
  • Eastons Holidays
  • United Minibuses and Coaches
  • Woods Travel

Small/Medium Bus Operator of the Year (up to 150 vehicles)

  • Ensignbus Co
  • University Bus t/a Uno Buses
  • Warrington’s Own Buses
  • Yorkshire Tiger

Medium Coach Operator of the Year (16-50 vehicles)

  • Alfa Coaches
  • Golden Boy Coaches
  • Greys of Ely
  • Maynes Coaches
  • Prospect Coaches (West)

Large Coach Operator of the Year (over 50 vehicles)

  • Edwards Coaches
  • Horseman Coaches
  • The Kings Ferry
  • Lucketts Group
  • Reays
  • York Pullman Bus Company

Large Bus Operator of the Year (over 150 vehicles)

  • Arriva Yorkshire
  • Go South Coast
  • Nottingham City Transport
  • Go-Ahead Oxford
  • Reading Buses
  • Stagecoach East Scotland

Special Award

  • To be confirmed

Judging integrity

Now in its 15th year, the routeone Awards benefits from a judging panel made up of eight senior industry figures. For 2019, long-serving members Steve Dewhurst, Chris Heaps, Tony Kennan, Peter Nash and Kevin Wood have been joined by Joan Aitken, Richard Delahoy and Kevin Middleton.

It is only thanks to their efforts, and the backing of valued Partners and Supporters, that the routeone Awards can do what it does best: Recognise and reward the coach and bus industry’s finest people and operators.

As ever, this year’s presentation evening will be hosted by a high-profile media personality. We look forward to welcoming you.

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