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Harrogate bus driver among winners of 'Pride of the North' cup

Harrogate-based bus firm Transdev has announced winners of its internal awards scheme - including Harrogate driver Will Deaton.

Harrogate bus driver among winners of 'Pride of the North' cup A Harrogate bus driver has been named the ‘pride of the North’ by Yorkshire bus firm Transdev. The bus operator has two internal awards schemes to recognise the hard work and dedication shown by its drivers each month. This includes the ‘Pride of the North Cup’ to salute drivers who receive the most positive feedback from customers for their smooth and safe travels and friendly welcome on board. And Will Deaton, of the Harrogate Bus Company, has just been announced as the winner for October 2023. The company also presents its Transdev Honours monthly award to a single champion from one of its depots across the North, including cleaners, travel shop staff and engineers as well as drivers, with nominations from colleagues and customers. The Honours were originally created in 2020 to recognise those who gave outstanding service in a challenging year for the operator and the wider bus industry. Transdev Operations Director Vitto Pizzuti said:

“It’s in the unexpected moments when confronted with a challenge that we really see the amazing determination and dedication of our teams and individuals. “I’m so proud of every one of the winners we’re recognising with these awards – and on behalf of our customers, I’m grateful for all they do.”
Both awards are presented each month, and today, Transdev is announcing its Yorkshire winners for the second half of 2023. They are: Pride of the North Cup: September: Huddersfield based Team Pennine bus driver Mandie Furness October: The Harrogate Bus Company’s driver Will Deaton. Will was nominated by his customers for his calm and professional handling of a problem with a bus in Leeds city centre on one of the busiest evenings of the year – Light Night. One customer said:
“The driver was so polite, helping people navigate the payment machine when boarding and waiting for those who were running for the bus.”
Transdev Honours: October: Transdev’s IT Service Manager Dan McGinty November: Operations Manager Kel Pizzuti December: Engineering Supervisor Tim Bowman Customers can nominate any driver they feel has gone the extra mile to give them an amazing journey in 2024 simply by emailing: PrideoftheNorthCup@transdevbus.co.uk. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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