Sunderland bus depot wins national award

Stagecoach's Laura Smith and bus driver Jimmy Conlin accept the honours for Top National Bus Depot.
Stagecoach's Laura Smith and bus driver Jimmy Conlin accept the honours for Top National Bus Depot.
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A Wearside bus depot has been named top of the stops after beating competition to become the best national depot at the UK Bus Awards.

Stagecoach North East took the Gold Award in the Top National Bus Depot, at a ceremony at The Ballroom on London’s South Bank, before an audience of more than 620 industry movers and shakers.

This is a great achievement for the company and a real boost for the team at the depot and they should be justly proud.

Phil Medlicott

The depot, which is in Dundas Street, Monkwearmouth – where the head office for Stagecoach North East is based and employs more than 250 staff – has been recognised for its excellence, quality and standards of operation in the industry’s top awards. The panel said the depot ran reliable, friendly services with high-engineering standards and good operational performance.

The award also acknowledge the depot’s dedication to the community, team spirit and sense of fun.

The night was a double celebration after operations manager Laura Smith was named a finalist for the Young Manager of Year award.

Managing director for Stagecoach North East, Phil Medlicott, said: “This is a great achievement for the company and a real boost for the team at the depot, and they should be justly proud.

“The Sunderland depot is committed to providing a reliable and friendly service for customers, with consistently high engineering standards and impressive operational performance.

“Combining hard work with fun, the team is considered part of the local community, regularly taking part in sports events and dressing up to raise money for local charities, and this is a deserving reward for all their efforts at work and in the wider community.”