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07 Nov 2014
Stagecoach Midlands has this week (Wednesday 5 November) won two honours at the 2014 Route One Operator Excellence Awards.
Stagecoach Midlands won Large Operator of the Year for its Northamptonshire operation and Northampton based Engineering Director David Heptinstall was crowned Engineering Manager of the Year.
Stagecoach in Northamptonshire employs 530 people and has depots in Kettering, Corby and Northampton. The company has a fleet of 193 vehicles and has invested over £17 million on 107 new vehicles over the last two years.
The company has also invested over £7million in a new depot in Northampton improving engineering facilities for the area. Two new engineering pits to aid with repairs and maintenance have been built at the Kettering depot at a cost of £110,000 with another two planned over the next financial year.
In 2013 Stagecoach in Northamptonshire introduced Gold standard vehicles which has lead to a 10% growth in passengers on the related routes over the last 12 months.
The company is leading the way in Northamptonshire in providing greener, sustainable travel and has recently converted all of its buses to B30 biodiesel fuel. Local depots are also working hard to reduce CO2 emissions, with Kettering depot achieving a reduction of 33% over the last year.
David Heptinstall, 44, of Kettering Northants won the Engineer of the Year in the large operator category. David, who is based at Northampton Head Office has worked for the company for two years. He joined Stagecoach Midlands in August 2012 as Engineering Director after having held senior management positions with operators in Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
David is responsible for the safe, reliable and efficient running of all Stagecoach Midlands buses and coaches
David received the award following a busy two years heading up the engineering operation in Northamptonshire. During this time fleet standards have noticeably improved and he has helped to oversee a large expansion of the business in the area.
David said, “As you can imagine it's a great surprise and privilege to be recognised by industry professionals as being at the top of your game. However none of this would be possible without the dedicated team of managers, engineers and support staff who have worked tirelessly to get us to where we are now. Awards such as this make all the hard work and effort worthwhile and to walk away with the Large Operator of the Year award too really is the icing on the cake.”
Managing Director of Stagecoach Midlands, Steve Burd said, “We are very proud to be recognised and named as the best large bus operator and for a member of our team, David, to be named as Engineering Manager of the Year. Winning these awards is great recognition of the hard work by all staff at Stagecoach in Northamptonshire and highlights David for his dedication and commitment to the safe and reliable running of our services.”
Attended by 790 industry guests at the Hilton in Birmingham, the routeONE Awards is now in its 10th year.
Awards Chairman Mike Morgan said, “Excellence is the by-word and the aim, as always, is to identify and reward the best operators and people in the coach, bus and minibus sectors.”
Photos: Representatives of Stagecoach in Northampton were presented with the award for Large Bus Operator if the Year by comedian Tim Vine and BBC Presenter Steph McGovern. David Heptinstall (second from right) was presented with the award for Engineering Manager of the Year by comedian Tim Vine (far right), a representative from BAE Systems Hybri Drive and BBC Presenter Steph McGovern.