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Merseyside engineer scoops top prize at UK Bus Award

14 Nov 2014


Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire Engineering Director, Tony Cockcroft, has been named Engineer of the Year at the annual UK Bus Awards.

Tony, who is based at the company’s headquarters in Liverpool, beat fierce competition from the best bus and coach engineers from across the UK to take the title.

The keen engineer has worked for the Stagecoach since 2011 and oversees a fleet of around 415 buses and 165 engineering staff.

Tony said: “I’ve always known that engineering is what I wanted to do. After I left high school at St Benedict’s in Speke, I did an apprenticeship as a Motor Vehicle Technician at Wirral Borough Council Transport Department and that kick-started my passion for the motor industry. 

“I quickly realised that engineering was the career for me. I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed the hands on practical work and the sense of achievement that comes from diagnosing and repairing a vehicle.

“I’m extremely pleased to have won this award. We were up against some impressive competition, but the Stagecoach crew has done a fantastic job in reducing breakdowns and lost mileage whilst improving fleet quality – so I’m very happy to have taken this award home for the team!”

The annual UK Bus awards, now in their 19th year, recognise and reward the achievements of the bus industry and aim to inspire others with winning approaches. The winners were announced at a ceremony at the London Hilton.

Stagecoach won three Gold awards out of its total of six. Stagecoach East Midlands’ Skegness Seasiders won Marketing Initiative of the Year, while Stagecoach Merseyside’s Tony Cockcroft snapped up Engineer of the Year. Chris Icely, who joined the bus industry as a conductor 1978 and was, until retirement earlier this year, Service Performance Manager at Stagecoach Manchester, won the Unsung Heroes award. 

The lunchtime ceremony was hosted by BBC News Presenter Jane Hill and guest of honour, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, President of the International Public Transport Union (UITP) and Transport Commissioner for London, presented the awards.