Go-Ahead bus company awarded UK Bus Operator of the Year

Go-Ahead bus company Go South Coast has been awarded UK Bus Operator of the Year at the UK Bus Awards  2017. The award was hotly contested, with another of Go-Ahead’s companies, Brighton & Hove Buses, scooping silver in this prestigious category.

As well as having two companies win in the overall category, Go-Ahead’s bus companies and individuals achieved a combined total of 17 wins and special commendations, including:

Go South Coast

UK Bus Operator fo the Year: GOLD WINNER

Top Shire Operator: GOLD WINNER

Bluestar Top National Depot: GOLD WINNER

Unsung Heroes, Jeff Stubbs: SPECIALLY COMMENDED

Brighton & Hove Buses

UK Bus Operator fo the Year: SILVER WINNER

Top City Operator: GOLD WINNER

Top National Bus Driver, Phil Hadley: BRONZE WINNER

Unsung Heroes, Ashley Burrows: SPECIALLY COMMENDED

Sustained Marketing Excellence for Bus Times: SPECIALLY COMMENDED


Top National Depot, Crawley: BRONZE WINNER

Go North East

Leadership & Inspiration, Stephen King: GOLD WINNER

Marketing Initiative of the Year for £1 under 18 Fares: SILVER WINNER

Putting Passengers First for £1 under 18 Fares: SILVER WINNER

Oxford Bus Company

Top Shire Operator, BRONZE WINNER

Go-Ahead London

Environment for Waterloo Garage Electric Buses: GOLD WINNER

Top London Bus Driver, Peter Whiteman: BRONZE WINNER

Top London Bus Driver, Oliver Salbris: SPECIALLY COMMENDED

Go-Ahead Group Chief Executive, David Brown, said:

“I’m so proud of the Go-Ahead team. These industry awards are recognition for of the achievements at our local bus companies. It is testament to their commitment to providing great services for customers, showcasing how the bus industry can make a difference and demonstrating our continual focus on improving the quality of our services. They also recognise our strong collaborative approach with local authorities towards taking care of every journey.”




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About Go-Ahead

Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 29,000 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.


Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 5,200 buses, we carry over two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. Outside London, we operate services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and north east England. In September 2016, the Group began operating a bus contract in Singapore, on behalf of the Land Transport Authority.


The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for over 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southeastern and London Midland.