NCT is UK Bus Operator of the Year – Again!

The bus company which runs Ruddington’s Navy 3 and Green 10 services is celebrating having won FIVE of the top accolades at the 2019 UK Bus Awards – including ‘UK Bus Operator of the Year’ for a record breaking five times!

Nottingham City Transport took the gold once again in the ‘Top City Operator’ category which saw them through to the grand final where they went on to win the highly contested ‘best in show’ gong yesterday (19th November 2019) during a glittering awards ceremony at Troxy in London. NCT has previously won ‘UK Bus Operator of the Year’ in 2004, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

But that’s not all! Jatinder Kumar took the ‘Top National Bus Driver’. This is the second year in a row a bus driver from the Nottingham bus company has won the coveted award, following Aaron Johnson’s victory last year. HR Admin Manager, Sheila Swift won the ‘Unsung Hero’ accolade – recognising her 37 years of dedicated service at the company, whilst NCT’s Managing Director Mark Fowles was presented with the ‘Services to the Bus Industry’ honour.

Individual winners Mark Fowles, Sheila Swift & Jatinder Kumar

Nottingham City Transport’s Jack Moore was also a finalist in the ‘Engineer of the Year’ category.

Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “A massive congratulations to Nottingham City Transport! To win five awards, including Top National Driver and Bus Operator of the Year, is an outstanding achievement. Jatinder’s dedication shone through, and Sheila’s outstanding contribution over the past 37 years to the business has been remarkable, just as Mark Fowles commitment has to the industry where he has become synonymous with high standards, innovation and a clear intent to put customers at the heart of everything it does.”

Mark added: “The judges were really impressed with the investment the business is making in its fleet and infrastructure too. The company has seen fleet emissions fall by 90% and 8000 tonnes of CO2 and 70 tonnes of NOX emissions were avoided in the last 12 months. They also commended the company’s substantial investment in gas buses and its achievement in encouraging and attracting more young people on to its services. The whole city should be immensely proud of the company and its employees!”

Ruddington’s low emission Navy 3 and Biogas Green 10 buses

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager commented: “Wow! 2019 has been the best year yet for Nottingham City Transport at the UK Bus Awards and we are over the moon to have been crowned UK Bus Operator of the Year for a record breaking fifth time! A massive thank you to everyone throughout NCT who work so tirelessly to deliver the best bus service in the country! It is without a doubt the people within NCT that make it so successful, as demonstrated by Sheila, Jatinder and Mark winning awards today.”

NCT’s Marketing Manager Anthony Carver-Smith holds the company’s latest, prestigious award

Catch Nottingham City Transport’s Navy 3 or Green 10 for a #RuddyGoodDayOut!

{Main awards ceremony photo thanks to Martijn Gilbert}

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