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Stagecoach East Scotland driver success at Bus Driver of the Year 2017 awards

05 Sep 2017

Stagecoach East Scotland bus driver Graeme Gilfillan has been awarded 6th place at this year's UK Bus Driver of the Year awards.

Based at Aberhill depot, Graeme Gilfillan represented Stagecoach East Scotland at the 2017 finals held in Blackpool on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of September.

Graeme completed the competition in 6th place overall and was the second highest placed Stagecoach Driver in the competition.  The highest placed Stagecoach driver in the competition was James McCormack from West Scotland.  Both Stagecoach drivers competed alongside the best bus driving talent of the nation to be placed within the competition's impressive top ten.

Drivers from bus operators across the UK were required to travel on a simulated route which includes any of the hazards normally encountered during their working day, after securing their places following tough regional heats.  The test is completed on both private and public roads and all competitors are required to complete a combined written test on the Highway Code and Driver CPC Knowledge.

Graeme, from Kelty, was awarded second place in the regional heats within East Scotland held earlier in the year, securing his invite to compete against the best in the UK.

Graeme Gilfillan, Aberhill Bus Driver, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "It's the first year I've entered the competition so I was delighted to make it to Blackpool and finish near the top of the table. I only had aspirations to finish somewhere in the middle so I'm really happy with the result. I look forward to trying to finish even higher next year!"  

Lee Skinner, Operations Manager for the Stagecoach Aberhill Depot said: "It's great to see our drivers being recognised at this national event. I'm delighted Graeme made it into the nation's top ten bus drivers - very well deserved."