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Judges praise high standards and hard work as UKCA 2017 finalists announced

UKCA chairman John GilbertThe UK Coach Awards have announced the list of finalists for their 2017 competition, praising the high standards and hard work demonstrated by all the people, projects and organisations that have made the final stages. 

The list comprises a total of 58 nominations - covering people, projects or organisations. They cross 14 categories covering the whole range of activities involved in the planning, promotion and operation of coach services. The winners of two other awards will be announced at the Annual Presentation Ceremony on 4 May. 

Congratulating all the finalists, UK Coach Awards chairman John Gilbert commented, "Our awards are recognise and reward excellence and good practice at all levels in the industry, amongst all operators, large or small, and in all types of work from express through contracting to coach touring. I am delighted to say that this year's list of finalists encompasses all these. Winning is about what you do and how you do it, not how big or small you are." 

The judging was undertaken by two independent panels of highly experienced people with intimate knowledge of coach operations, marketing and tourism. John Gilbert said, "This was my first involvement in the judging process, and I was really struck by the hard work and commitment involved - we really are most grateful to our panels. They really did face some difficult decisions in a very strong field."

The final results will be announced at the Annual Presentation Ceremony compered by Carol Kirkwood, which will take place at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on Thursday 4 May. CLICK HERE for further information.

The full list is set out below.

Finalists for 2017

Technical and Professional Awards

Coach Marketing Award 

  • Galloway and AKA: Working in Partnership, Galloway Coach Travel and AKA
  • It's Time To Enjoy.... With Shearings Holidays!, Shearings Holidays
  • Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland

Coach Travel Programme

  • Britain & Europe by Coach 2017, Crusader Holidays
  • Eastons 2017 Tour Programme, Eastons Holidays
  • Door to Door, Ellen Smith Tours
  • Great Britain and Europe 2016 by Coach, Air and Sea, Epsom Coaches
  • Quality Coach Holidays, Gardiners NMC
  • Shearings Holidays 2016 Travel Programme, Shearings Holidays

Innovation Award

  • Fun in the Community, Carol Peters Travel
  • Driver Walk-around Check App, Distinctive Systems
  • ITrust Reviews, Epsom Coaches
  • VUER infotainment, National Express

Making Coaches a Better Choice 

  • Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
  • McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
  • Gloucester Green Travel Shop, Waiting Lounge and Driver Rest Area, Oxford Bus Company
  • Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland
  • South West Falcon, Stagecoach South West

The ROSCO Award for Innovation in Road Safety

  • Safety As Standard, Anthony's Travel
  • Driver Walk-around Check App, Distinctive Systems
  • DriveCam, National Express

Awards for People in the Industry

Customer Service Award

  • Julie Herbert, Carol Peters Travel
  • Miriam Kent, Crosskeys Coaches
  • Fiona Bucksey, Hythe and Waterside Coaches
  • Jacqueline Withey, Hythe and Waterside Coaches

Top UK Coach Touring Driver

  • Scott Law, Blacks of Brechin
  • Frank Turner, BusyBus
  • Andy Snow, Carol Peters Travel
  • Justin Roberts, Crosskeys Coaches
  • Brian Davis, Motts Travel / Crusader Holidays
  • Graham Hart, Mounts Bay Coaches
  • Adrian Waine, Pulham and Sons (Coaches)
  • Daryl Cooper, Shearings Holidays

Top UK Express Driver

  • Nicholas Mather, National Express
  • Gavin Francis, Oxford Tube
  • Peter Jones, Oxford Tube
  • Richard Pimm, Oxford Tube

Unsung Heroes Award

  • Ben Ingram, R S Tyrers
  • Joan Johnson, Johnsons Coaches

Young Coach Industry Professional

  • Daniel Almond, R S Tyrers
  • Richard Johnson, Whittles Coaches

Awards for Coach Operation

Top Express Operation

  • Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland
  • Oxford Tube, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
  • Oxford Bus Company

Top Large Fleet Operator 

  • National Express
  • Shearings Holidays
  • The Kings Ferry
  • York Pullman Bus Company

Top Medium Fleet Operator

  • Crosskeys Coaches
  • Maynes Coaches
  • Motts Travel / Crusader Holidays
  • Reays Coaches
  • Tyrers Coaches

Top Small Fleet Operator

  • Anthony's Travel
  • BusyBus
  • Carol Peters Travel
  • AW Eastons Coaches
  • Hythe and Waterside Coaches

UK Coach Operator of the Year

The winner will be selected from the winners of the Top Small, Top Medium and Top Large Fleet Operators.

The Award for Services to the Coach Industry

There is no short-list for this award. The winner will be announced on Thursday 4 May.

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