Stagecoach South Wales bus driver Michael Evans has been awarded UK Bus Driver of the Year.
Michael, who works at Stagecoach Porth depot was crowned with the honour after competing against rivals at this year’s Bus Driver of the Year final held in Blackpool.
Michael, who lives in the Rhondda and is a grandfather of six, joined Stagecoach in 2018 for a career change after spending 35 years as a car salesperson.
Since joining Stagecoach South Wales, Michael has worked hard to develop his skills and further his career. In 2021, he successfully completed a driver mentoring course at Blackwood depot and after discussing his career aspirations with the Operations team at Porth depot, he entered the Bus Driver of the Year 2022 competition.
Michael was successful in the first leg of the competition, winning £200 and announced as a finalist for Wales in the main competition which took place in Blackpool, October 2, 2022.
As part of the competition, the drivers must complete a theory and driving test. The driving test was along Blackpool promenade and points were awarded for provision, accuracy, and a smooth and safe drive. The awards attracted nominations from 89 bus drivers across the country representing 35 large and small bus operators. Michael completed his tests with the highest score amongst the finalists and was crowned UK Bus Driver of the Year.
Michael was presented with cash prize and a trophy by Tom Cunnington, Head of Business Development at Transport for London at the 54th National Bus Driver of the Year final.
Michael said: “I was honoured and surprised to be crowned bus driver of the year.
“I never expected to win as there were so many talented drivers in the competition. My wife came along to the final with me and is very proud of my achievement. I would really recommend the competition to bus drivers across the UK. It’s a wonderful experience and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking part.”
Mark Tunstall, Head of Operations, Stagecoach South Wales said: “We’re thrilled that Michael has been crowned as UK Bus Driver of the Year. It’s such a fantastic achievement and reinforces how hard our teams work to deliver the best possible service for our customers and communities.
“Being recognised in the Bus Driver of the Year national final is a fitting celebration of his achievements, and our congratulations go to all of the drivers named in this year’s awards.”
Since entering the competition, Michael has been successful in his application for a Relief Driving Instructor job in Porth depot and is currently undergoing training for this role.