Bus company East Yorkshire has been named overall winner at the Heart of East Yorkshire Awards. It has also clinched the trophy for Business in the Community.
Judges praised the operator for the variety of work it has done during and outside the pandemic to enrich the community. That includes the introduction of flexible tickets, games and puzzles for people stuck at home, and the Chatty Bus initiative, meant to combat loneliness in society. It even decommissioned buses and provided them to a school for additional space.
“After a difficult year, it’s great to see our team recognised for the hard work they’ve put in throughout the pandemic,” says East Yorkshire Area Director Ben Gilligan. “I believe this is a true recognition of the challenges we’ve had this year as a team, and the role our drivers, cleaners, engineers and supervisors have played while working through three lockdowns.
“We’ve kept the region moving through everything that’s been thrown at us, and it’s fantastic that our efforts have been noticed and appreciated by the local community.”
The awards were presented at a virtual ceremony hosted by TV presenter Kirsten O’Brien. Other categories for which local people and organisations were recognised were Local Hero, Neighbour of the Year and Courageous Child of the Year.