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Stagecoach recognises Stalwart drivers

12 Mar 2015


Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has celebrated its longest serving employees at a special awards evening in Liverpool.

The company’s annual Long Service Awards highlight the commitment and hard work delivered by their longstanding workforce. 

The awards, which took place at Oh Me Oh My on Water Street, gave drivers the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with a meal, entertainment and awards ceremony which was followed by a gift of choice depending on length of service.

On the night, six drivers,includingJimmy Moogan, Geoff Hives, Albert Griffith and Robert McIntryre from Liverpool’s Gillmoss depot,were rewarded for a collective total of 270 years in the bus industry. In total, 107 Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire employees received an award for reaching between 20 and 45 years’ service. 

The awards also highlighted bus drivers who have been accident free for a number of years. One winner on the night was Dave Birch from Birkenhead.

Speaking after collecting his award for over 20 years’service without an accident, Dave said: “For me, safety is a key part of my job. I have a responsibility to make sure passengers get from A to B safely. I hope to keep my record intact and go another 20 years without a collision.” 

Dave is also a Green Road Champion for Stagecoach Wirral, working with drivers at the Birkenhead depot to help improve fuel efficiency, reduce accidents and improve customer comfort by monitoring and reviewing driving standards through the company’s eco driver system.

Each employee was presented with a special long service badge and gift for their partner from Elisabeth Tasker, managing director at Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire. She said: “It is only right to reward our incredible team with events like this, after all, they are the face of the Stagecoach brand. 

“This event is a small token of appreciation to them for their continued support and service and gives us the opportunity to say thank you to all our amazing workforce at Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire.”

Stagecoach Bus is one of the UK’s major employers, supporting around 24,000 jobs across the UK and 1,209 jobs in Merseyside and South Lancashire. The company is also one of the UK’s most sustainable bus operators and has reduced carbon emissions by 30 per cent in the last five years. All Stagecoach vehicles are fitted with eco-driving systems which lower emissions and the company has shown the biggest commitment to using 100 per cent biofuel of any UK bus operator.