Harrogate's fleet of electric buses wins gold at industry's Oscars

The team behind Harrogate’s fleet of electric buses is celebrating after winning gold at the bus industry's equivalent of the Oscars.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 1:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 1:54 pm

The Harrogate Bus Company was chosen as winner of the top prize in the prestigious environment category at the 2019 UK Bus Awards, for its mission to create the country's first ever Low Emission Bus Town.

The awards recognise and reward the industry’s finest talents, and are hotly contested by hundreds of bus operators across the country. Judges were impressed by the success of Harrogate’s electric buses, describing them as “a beacon of excellence, truly demonstrating the outstanding innovations that are possible within the industry.”

The Harrogate Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby said: “I’m absolutely delighted and very proud to receive this award on behalf of our amazing team in Harrogate – this is for every one of them.

Driver Andrei Szabo-Ludovic (left) and Training Manager Colleen Wormald celebrate with colleagues from The Harrogate Bus Company.

“The UK Bus Awards celebrate the great innovation, talent and pride driving our bus industry forward, here in Harrogate and across the UK. We’ve earned a national reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative and successful transport operators, with our customers at the heart of everything we do.

“We also benefit from excellent partnerships at a national and local level, with organisations who see the positive contribution our electric buses make to the environment and the economy.

Sponsorship from partners, including Harrogate Water Brands, Slingsby Gin and Harrogate BID, helps us to provide free travel on Sundays through our Sunday Freeway initiative – bringing more people into the heart of our town while protecting its environment.

“The challenge for us into 2020 and beyond is to keep on improving and looking after the growing number of customers who choose to travel with us every day. We’re lucky to have such a talented team who fully deserve this recognition as the nation’s finest.”

The award was presented to the Harrogate team at a ceremony in London by Graham Vidler, the chief executive of the trade association representing hundreds of UK bus and coach operators, the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

UK Bus Awards Chairman Mark Yexley said: “We congratulate the whole team at The Harrogate Bus Company on its outstanding achievement. This project shows how powerful technology, stakeholder engagement and innovation can be when used effectively as a package.”

As part of its own plan to create Britain’s first Low Emission Bus Town in Harrogate, The Harrogate Bus Company launched eight all-electric buses onto three local routes in Harrogate in 2018, supported by a successful bid for £2.25m from the Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme.