Triple triumph for Harrogate at the Amazing Awards!


They're simply…amazing! Three of our colleagues in Harrogate are celebrating a hat trick of awards success for their hard work to keep the wheels turning smoothly.

Staff from seven Transdev bus companies across the North of England, including The Harrogate Bus Company, voted for their favourites to make the shortlist for the company's third annual Amazing Awards.

The Lifetime Star award went to Alan Hornsby, who began working on Harrogate's buses 38 years ago in 1981. Having risen to the role of duty manager, he's now reinvented himself as a school bus driver, making the V36 route linking Ripon to Harrogate's St Aidan's and St John Fisher schools his own and earning the respect and support of youngsters on board.

36 bus driver Bill MacDonald was next to the podium. He was faced with a real emergency on board his 36 bus to Ripon, when two elderly customers fell from his bus as they were boarding, seriously injuring themselves on the pavement. Bill's quick thinking ensured both were fully looked after, while still getting his other customers to their destination on time.

Driver Robert Harper completed the hat trick at the prestigious awards presentation for his smooth, safe and economical driving, which achieved a perfect 100 per cent score in every area of assessment.

The 'Green Road' system uses advanced computerised technology to constantly track every bus in the company's fleet, to deliver a more comfortable journey while improving driver safety and reducing fuel consumption, vehicle wear and tear and accidents.

All three joined over 130 nominees and their partners from bus depots across Yorkshire and Lancashire at the prestigious awards presentation evening, held at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

Alex Hornby, CEO of Transdev in Yorkshire and Lancashire, said: “The dedication of Alan, Bill and Robert truly is amazing, and they each fully deserve the recognition of friends and colleagues at our annual celebration of the people, pride and passion which thrives across our bus companies.

“Whether it's driving our customers safely to their destination, making sure every bus is safe and reliable, or providing the best support behind the scenes, our fantastic people are at the very heart of our shared success.

“The high standards set by everyone on the shortlist for this year's Amazing Awards made choosing our seven winners a challenge, but one I certainly enjoyed.”

The winners of the seven coveted Amazing Awards were each directly nominated by their own colleagues – and selected from a shortlist of the company's finest teams and individuals.

Alex Hornby said: “We believe in three things – employing people who are happy to work with us, serving people who are proud to be our customers, and creating a business which is innovative and successful. Those core values shine through in every one of our Amazing Awards winners – we're proud to celebrate their passion, performance and pride in delivering an outstanding service, every day.”