Judges hail quality as Coach Awards shortlist announced

Praise for quality from UKCA chairman Allan EdmondsonThe short-list for the 2014 UK Coach Awards has been announced, amid praise from the judges for the range and quality of the operations and initiatives submitted.

A total of 49 people, projects and organisations are on the list, across 16 categories covering the whole range of activities involved in the planning, promotion and operation of coach services.

UK Coach Awards chairman Allan Edmondson said, "Our sincere congratulations go to all the finalists in this year's awards. The judges will have a tough job in selecting the winners from such a strong field."

"To achieve high standards, coach travel relies on a whole raft of people and organisations to work together to deliver that extra special trip, day out or holiday," he continued. "We're delighted to hear about best practice in all these areas from the people who really matter, and to recognise and reward the commitment and hard work involved."

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 10 April, when the awards will be presented by CPT President Chris Owens. Click HERE for further details.


For further information, contact Chris Cheek on 01729 840756.


  1. The UK Coach Awards 2014 will present awards in 16 categories, aiming to discover the best coach companies, coach drivers and other staff – as well as the best marketing schemes, travel programmes and innovations.
  2. Further information is available from this web site.
  3. The UK Coach Awards scheme is operated and run by a special purpose, not-for-dividend company owned by Transport Events Group, organisers of the highly successful UK Bus Awards.


Awards for Industry People

Award for Support Staff

  • David Bennallack, Excelsior Coaches
  • Matthew Herbert, Shearings Holidays

Award for Customer Service

  • Denise Fry, Woods Travel
  • Lisa Popely, Jay & Kay Coach Tours

Top UK Coach Driver

  • Andy Daw, Johnsons Coaches
  • James Dearden, Anthony's Travel
  • Michael Sinclair, Reays Coaches Ltd
  • Geoff Singer, Lawton's Executive Coaches
  • Paul Smythe, Woods Travel

Unsung Heroes

  • Lewis Jacklin, Johnsons Coaches
  • Golam Rabbani, National Express
  • Paul Turner, National Express

Engineer of the Year

Services to the Coach Industry

Young Coach Industry Professional

There is no shortlist for these awards. The winners will be announced on 10 April.

Operating Awards

Top Large Fleet Operator

  • The Kings Ferry
  • National Express
  • Reays Coaches
  • Shearings Holidays

Top Medium Fleet Operator

  • Excelsior Coaches
  • Maynes Coaches (Maynes of Buckie)
  • Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
  • Anthony's Travel
  • DJ Coaches Ltd

Top Small Fleet Operator

  • Woods Travel
  • Tynedale Group Travel
  • G-Line Holidays
  • Jay & Kay Coach Tours
  • Lawton's Executive Coaches

UK Coach Operator of the Year

Will be selected from the winners of the three awards above.

Technical and Professional Awards

Coach Marketing

  • Stagecoach Group plc, for Megabus UK
  • National Express for Instant Getaways
  • Shearings Holidays, for “Keep Making Memories”
  • National Express for Military Partnership
  • Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel, for Summer 2014 Brochure Launch
  • Greys of Ely, for Viral Social Media
  • Anthony's Travel, for Promotion and Brand Awareness

Coach Travel Programme

  • Johnsons Coach Travel
  • Shearings Holidays
  • Edwards Coach Holidays
  • NMC Tours Ltd (Gardiners NMC)

Making Coaches a Better Choice

  • National Express - Military Partnership
  • uTrack & The Kings Ferry - Dynamic RTI
  • Birmingham City Council

The ROSCO Award for Innovation in Road Safety

  • Anthony's Travel
  • Hunts Coaches

Technology and Innovation Award

  • Stagecoach Group plc for megabusGold.com
  • uTrack & The Kings Ferry, for Dynamic RTI
  • Gauntlet Group, Embracing Technology for Operators