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Crawley has best Bus Depot in the country

Metrobus’ Crawley depot has taken the gold in the Top National Bus Depot award at the prestigious UK Bus Awards in London today.



Metrobus' Chris Leach (Engineering Manager) and David Wolfe (Assistant Operations Manager)

The Top National Depot category, sponsored by Personal Group, recognises bus depots that provide an outstanding service and are truly committed to their customers, communities and employees. Only eight bus depots from across the United Kingdom reached the final.

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said both awards were well deserved.

“It’s a great result for all our colleagues at Metrobus’ Crawley Depot and recognition of their constant dedication to delivering great customer service for every bus journey.”

The judges were impressed with Crawley depot’s overall performance, from how the company looks after and rewards its employees, through to its investment in depot facilities and its increased community outreach.

Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said:

“Metrobus’ Crawley depot has an enviable reputation for quality, investment and customer service. It’s great to see innovations in new technology too.

“We would like to congratulate Crawley depot on its remarkable success. Well done from everyone at the UK Bus Awards.”

Metrobus was also awarded the bronze in the Top Shire Operator category sponsored by Ticketer, which recognises bus companies that provide an outstanding service and are truly committed to customers and employees.

Crawley depot won the Top National Depot title back in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The silver award for Top National Depot went to Stagecoach East Scotland for its St Andrews depot, and bronze went to Go South Coast – Southern Vectis’ Newport, Isle of Wight depot.


The Harry Potter Shop™ lands at Gatwick North Terminal

London Gatwick has welcomed The Harry Potter Shop™ to its North Terminal.



As the UK enjoys the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the new 614 sq ft store offers a fantastic selection of items from across the Wizarding World.

From gifts to clothing, souvenirs to collectibles, Gatwick’s latest addition will offer a unique experience for the airport’s global passenger mix. Over 46 million passengers travel through Gatwick each year, with the airport offering connections to over 220 destinations, including more than 60 long-haul routes.

Tyler Miles, 10, visits The Harry Potter Shop before heading off on holiday from Gatwick.

Amongst the great winter gifts that can be purchased are Harry Potter Christmas jumpers and a winter accessories set including hat, scarf and gloves. Wizarding World fans can even bag a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter, mystery flying Snitch or – the ultimate must-have for any aspiring wizard or witch – their favourite character’s wand.

Jonathan Sands of The Harry Potter Shop™ said:

“We are so proud to open the newest of our official Harry Potter Shops at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Our aim is to create a unique shopping experience, offering the best of what the Wizarding World has to offer.”

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, London Gatwick said:

“I am thrilled to welcome such a popular and iconic brand to Gatwick. The Harry Potter Shop™ is a fantastic addition to the retailers at Gatwick as we continue to focus on providing great choice and value for our passengers through our mix of shops and restaurants.”

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