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Stagecoach in Scottish Transport Awards final


A Perth-based bus company has made it to the final in three categories at the Scottish Transport Awards.

Stagecoach’s operations across Perth and Kinross, as well as Fife, Dundee and Angus, has seen them shortliste­d for the prestigiou­s public transport operator of the year award.

This follows on from last year when the team won the same award at the 2019 ceremony.

Popular airport service JET747 has been acknowledg­ed in the best bus service category.

The company is also in the running for the transport team/partnershi­p of the year award, for its efforts and“going over and above”during Storm Ciara and the closure of the Queensferr­y Crossing in February 2020.

In a recent bus passenger survey by Transport Focus, Stagecoach East Scotland achieved the highest satisfacti­on score of any operator in the UK at 97 per cent.

The winners are due to be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow in September.

Douglas Robertson, managing director of Stagecoach East Scotland, said:“I’m extremely proud that we have been shortliste­d for these awards.

“It’s a testament to the hard work our team at East Scotland carry out, every day.

“To be shortliste­d for the public transport operator of the year award again just goes to show that the team here is consistent­ly providing the best possible service to our customers and hopefully we can retain our title.”

The company employs over 1300 people in nine depots across the region and carries around 32 million passengers per year.

For the full Scottish Transport Awards shortlist go to https://www. transportt­ sta-shortlist-2020.pdf

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