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Safeguard Wins Small Bus Operator Of The Year Award

Published on: 10 Nov, 2014
Updated on: 10 Nov, 2014

Guildford’s Safeguard Coaches is celebrating success at the coach and bus industry’s premier awards event after being named Small Bus Operator of the Year.

Andrew Halliday, managing director of Safeguard Coaches (third from left) being presented with the award by Mark Griffin of RouteONE (second from left), with BBC Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern and comedian Tim Vine.

Andrew Halliday, managing director of Safeguard Coaches (third from left) being presented with the award by Mark Griffin of RouteONE (second from left), with BBC Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern and comedian Tim Vine.

This coveted accolade was presented at the routeONE Awards held on November 5 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. It is an award that recognises excellence and confirms that Safeguard Coaches is among the best in the country.

2014_vector_gold_white_textAttended by 790 industry guests, the routeONE Awards is now in its 10th year and is firmly established as the number one event in the coach and bus industry calendar.

Awards chairman Mike Morgan said: “Excellence is the by-word and the aim, as always, is to identify and reward the best operators and people in the coach, bus and minibus sectors.”

Each year the awards has been a sell-out event weeks before, and this year was no exception.

One of Safeguard Coaches buses on its regular Guildford to Park Barn route.

One of Safeguard Coaches’ buses on its regular Guildford-Park Barn circular route.

After collecting the their trophy from celebrities Tim Vine and Steph McGovern, Andrew Halliday, managing director of Safeguard Coaches said: “Being recognised as the best small bus operator nationally in this hard fought competition is a huge accolade and well deserved recognition for all our drivers, supervisors, engineers and managers in this our 90th year of operation. We are very proud of our success.”

Commending Safeguard Coaches, the routeONE Awards judging panel of five highly experienced industry experts said: “Although long-established, our winner has moved with the times…indeed it has taken the lead in many respects, ensuring that it has maintained a competitive edge, recording 25% passenger growth on its core commercial bus services, while maintaining enviable reliability despite highly unpredictable traffic conditions.”

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test 2 Responses to Safeguard Wins Small Bus Operator Of The Year Award

  1. Mary Bedforth Reply

    November 11, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Well done all at Safeguard. You provide an excellent service for us.

  2. Brian and Stevie Ashurst Reply

    November 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Congratulations Andrew, we are proud of you.

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