Local bus company Southern Vectis is celebrating once again this week - after its parent company was named UK Bus Operator of the Year.
Scooping a hattrick of wins in this year’s UK Bus Awards - also including the title of Top Shire Operator - the firm is now confirmed as the nation’s best, according to the UK Bus Awards.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive these prestigious awards - and they are thoroughly deserved by our excellent team, here at Southern Vectis and across our operators on the south coast,” said Southern Vectis managing director, Andrew Wickham.
“It is the third time we have won this accolade - with awards also in 2017 and 2018 - and only two other companies have ever achieved this.
“To be named top operator is an incredible achievement - and I am very very proud of each and every one of my colleagues.”
The UK Bus Awards scheme was founded in 1996. It was designed to develop further the Bus Good Practice Awards - which were set up by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities in 1991.
Judging is stringent. As well as assessing buses and drivers, the judges look at operators’ mobile apps, customer services and public relations. They also carry out mystery journeys across bus networks.
“We want to keep this momentum,” added Andrew.
“From introducing brand new additions to our fleet to helping reduce congestion and improving air quality, we won’t stop looking for ways to further enhance Southern Vectis’ reputation here on the island, across the UK and beyond.”
The news follows hot on the heels of Southern Vectis’ recent success in the RouteOne Awards - where its parent firm was named Large Bus Operator of the Year.
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