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Oxford Tube and drivers nominated in UK Coach Awards

29 Mar 2017


The Oxford Tube service and three drivers are nominated as the best in the UK in national awards

Oxford Tube nominated in Coach Awards

The Oxford Tube express service to London and three of Stagecoach’s coach drivers have been shortlisted, from over 100 nominations, as national finalists in this year’s prestigious UK Coach Awards.

Richard Pimm from Abingdon, Peter Jones from Benson and Gavin Francis from Stokenchurch, have all been shortlisted in the national ‘Top UK Express Coach Driver’ category, recognising high levels of customer service and driving standards.

To add to the celebrations the Oxford Tube, which is run by Stagecoach, has also been shortlisted, in the ‘Top Express Coach Operation’ category.

Judges shortlisted the Oxford Tube after assessing all aspects of the company’s customer and employee relations, health and safety management, and market growth and development.

The Oxford Tube was also able to demonstrate credentials in the environmental and corporate social responsibility criteria with its introduction of Euro 6 coaches,  

Finalists will find out if they’ve won in their category at the annual awards presentation and ceremony, which takes place this year at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on Thursday 4 May.

Martin Sutton, Stagecoach Managing Director, said: “The UK Coach Awards recognises the high standards and hard work of everyone in the industry so we are absolutely delighted to make the final stages and feel very proud of the drivers who have been shortlisted.

“We are committed to delivering a reliable and comfortable express service from Oxford, directly into the capital. Being shortlisted is a great way to see our work being recognised – hopefully we’ll go on to be the winners on the night too!”

Richard Pimm, one of the shortlisted drivers, said: “Driving on the busy M40 everyday can be challenging on occasions. It’s the driver’s job to ensure customers enjoy a pleasant journey and get to where they need to go on time

“It’s very rewarding to be recognised and to represent the Oxford Tube team. We’re looking forward to the ceremony in May now.”

The UK Coach Awards is the only national awards scheme to specifically focus on coach operators and their staff. The awards are designed to recognise excellence and good practice in the coach industry.

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