Metrobus is motoring towards proving it’s the best operator in the bus-iness with two nominations in the finals of the industry’s most prestigious awards, just announced.
In this year’s UK Bus Awards, the bus company has made it into the finals for Top National Depot – which the bus company has won three times previously – and in a second category called Making Buses a Better Choice which is all about providing a better service.
Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said:
“I’m delighted we have made it to the finals in two important categories of the industry’s most prestigious awards. I’m privileged to work alongside incredibly talented, highly committed, passionate people who work tirelessly day in and out to make our bus service as good as it can be.
“My colleagues have proven time and again that as a bus operator, we have the commitment, the experience and the skills to run a great bus service.”
Since Metrobus first started operating from its Crawley depot in 2001 – after the then operator declared the town commercially unviable for a bus operation – the company has invested heavily in its fleet, infrastructure and technology and been rewarded with unprecedented growth. Today the depot has a reputation for quality, investment and customer service.
Metrobus picked up the Top National Depot award in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the bronze in 2015 and the silver in 2016.
For the Making Buses a Better Choice category, the bus operator nominated its innovative service improvements to routes 21 and 22 – done in partnership with Surrey County Council – that have connected up Newdigate, Leigh and Parkgate with a regular service to Crawley for the first time in many years and in a way that costs the taxpayer less money not more.
Surrey County Council cabinet member for Environment and Transport Mike Goodman said: “We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Metrobus, one of our most respected local bus operators. The innovative design of services 21 and 22 combines several previously supported services into a new network allowing connectivity with many more villages in the Mole Valley area.
“New transport links have been established and previously lost links between Charlwood and Gatwick Airport have been restored. To provide improved and new transport opportunities to rural villages while also reducing the cost to the County Council can only be a positive result.”
Residents from Dorking, Abinger Hammer, Holmbury St Mary and Leigh can now also get to Gatwick. And from Crawley, anyone can now get to Box Hill as well.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 21.
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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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