Stagecoach Manchester is celebrating this month after it was announced it will represent the city at this year’s UK Bus Awards ceremony, due to be held this November, in London.
Stagecoach Manchester is the only bus operator based in the Greater Manchester region to be shortlisted for the Top City Operator of the Year award, while two of its employees are also in the running for individual accolades.
The Top City Operator of the Year award, which Stagecoach Manchester won in 2013, aims to recognise bus companies that provide an outstanding service, embrace technologies to enhance communication and performance, show commitment to improving the environment they operate in and are truly committed to their customers and employees.
Individually, Stockport operations manager Stuart Roughley has been nominated for the Unsung Hero award, after being commended for his enthusiasm for supporting good causes in and out of work. Not only was Stuart integral in helping to reduce antisocial behaviour on public transport, he is also a big fundraiser and was a driving force behind his depot raising £6,700 for Prevent Breast Cancer.
Also in the running for an individual honour is Wigan based operations manager Mark Mageean, who has been nominated for the Young Manager of the Year award. Mark is responsible for improving the working conditions and standards following the acquisition of companies resulting in his depots having some of the highest staff satisfaction scores in the country.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “Winning the Top City Operator award previously has always been a big achievement for us, so to be recognised as a nominee for the fourth time in the last five years is a credit to the hard work of the whole team over the past 12 months.
“Stagecoach is committed to investing in delivering even more convenient bus travel for passengers, and offers a range of payment methods including the recent introduction of Apple Pay and Android Pay through the Stagecoach Bus app. Stagecoach Manchester is also the only operator in the county to offer our customers the option to pay using contactless technology.
“The individual nominations for Mark and Stuart also demonstrates the strength we have within our individual team members. The tireless work both put in to improve the lives of others, both in and out of work, are testament to them as people and the working environments they have helped to create.”