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05 May 2017
Oxford Tube driver gets Gold at UK Coach Awards
Oxford Tube driver, Gavin Francis from Stockenchurch, Oxfordshire, took home gold at this year’s UK Coach Awards for the ‘Top Express Coach Driver’. The Oxford Tube, which was shortlisted for ‘Express Operation of the Year’, also celebrated on the night taking home silver.
Oxford Tube, the 24-hour coach service from Oxford to London, and three of Stagecoach’s coach drivers were shortlisted for the UK Coach Awards earlier this year from over 100 nominations UK wide. The national awards recognise the dedication and professionalism of individuals and operators across the UK coach industry.
Gavin Francis, Oxford Tube driver, aged 65, was named Top UK Express Driver after gaining praise for his friendly, engaging, patient and reassuring approach with passengers and for his ability to train and mentor new drivers.
Gavin said: “I have been driving my coach up and down the M40 for over twelve years now. I always take pride in my job and love that I get to meet new people every day. I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had been shortlisted alongside two other colleagues, so to take home the gold was even more of a surprise. I’m still on cloud nine!”
On the night, judges also awarded Oxford Tube with silver in the Express Operation of the Year category after assessing its service on all aspects of the company’s customer and employee relations, health and safety management, market growth and development, as well as environmental and corporate social responsibility.
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire’s Managing Director, Martin Sutton, said: “We’re delighted that Gavin has won this prestigious award which he thoroughly deserves. It’s also very pleasing for our Oxford Tube service to be recognised in the Express Operation of the Year category. We look forward to delivering even better service for our customers in the future and encouraging even more people to make coach travel their number one choice.”
Congratulating all the winners, UK Coach Awards Chairman John Gilbert said, "Our customers demand improved quality both in terms of vehicles and staff. We cannot meet these demands without good business organisation and excellent staff, and to retain good staff, we need to recognise and reward them, and this is why I believe this event has a major part to play in recognising leading operators, business innovation, excellent managers, staff and operating crews.”
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