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08 Feb 2015
A bus driver from West Denton in Newcastle has been recognised for his excellent record by local bus company, Stagecoach North East.
Kevin Arrowsmith, 49, started out as a car mechanic but then followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the company as a bus driver in 1986. A bus driver for the company since the age of 21, he has just completed 28 years service at the Slatyford depot in Newcastle.
When Stagecoach North East’s Slatyford depot launched a scheme in January last year for all of its staff, to recognise their achievements in areas such as attendance, timekeeping, safe driving and customer service, Kevin didn’t think much more of it.
From a team of over 250 staff, each month an employee was chosen from those who maintained their record of excellence. Then, in December, Kevin was chosen from the 26 staff remaining as the winner and received the accolade.
Thrilled with his award, Kevin said: “I didn’t really think about the scheme when it first started and as less and less people appeared on the monthly league tables, I still thought it was a lot to ask to be in with a chance! Considering I wasn’t chosen for the monthly draw at all during the 12 months, I am very surprised and delighted to have won.
“I enjoy my job very much and there is always something different happening every day, meeting new people and new experiences. It is never boring! “
To acknowledge his commitment to his job and the company, Kevin was rewarded with a day’s leave from work, a gift set of tumbler glasses and a Marks and Spencer food hamper from the trade union.
He added: “For the day off work I took my son to see Newcastle Utd play away at Leicester and even though we lost, it was still a great day!”
Malcolm Bell, Operations Manager for Stagecoach North East’s Slatyford depot, said: “We recognise the hard work by all staff in maintaining the highest standards for the company and appreciate the efforts from the employees in achieving a perfect record in performance, attendance, safety and customer service. My congratulations to Kevin in being selected and he is certainly a worthy winner.”
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