The purpose of this website is to introduce operators, the media and the public to the BDoY Competition, to explain the various processes through which drivers reach the National Final, and to describe events during the weekend in Blackpool.
UK Bus Driver of the Year 2016 is Craig Lockyer of National Express West Midlands.
The 50th National Final of the UK Bus Driver of the Year Competition took place in Blackpool on Sunday 4th September and among 114 finalists from large and small operators throughout the country the overall winner was Craig Lockyer from National Express West Midlands Wolverhampton Garage. Craig received a £1,500 award from the Road Operators’ Safety Council and £1,000 from Unite the Union as well as being awarded the John Boxall Medallion as national champion (John founded Bus Driver of the Year in Coventry in 1967). A further £1,000 was awarded to Craig as highest-placed finalist from the National Express Group, and as best competitor from a depot in England he received a further £100 accompanied by the Giles Fearnley Trophy. All the trophies were presented by the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Kath Rowson.
Runner-up was Jonathan Welch from First Aberdeen - who was Bus Driver of the Year in 2014 - receiving a cheque for £1,500 plus a further £1,000 as highest-placed finalist from a FirstGroup company and £100 as best competitor from a depot in Scotland, winning the Joe Mackie Shield.
In third place was Colin Henderson from First Scotland East winning £1,000 plus a further £500 for being second-highest-placed finalist from a FirstGroup company. Adam Ksiazek from First Aberdeen finished in overall fourth place, winning £750 and Darren Marshall of Morebus was fifth, picking-up a £500 prize and a further £1,000 with the Go-Ahead Trophy as best-placed finalist from that group.
Joe Mackie, Chairman of the UK Bus Driver of the Year Association, which organises the competition, said that the fiftieth anniversary of BDoY had been a great success and offered his sincere congratulations to all the trophy winners and thanked the many volunteers who make the contest possible. "We are also", he added, "indebted to our sponsors for their financial support which has enabled an enhanced range of prizes this time".
Our congratulations go not only to the 5 competitors mentioned here, but to all the other 109 remaining National Finalists who have all done both themselves and their companies proud.
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