Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News


24 Jan 2018 by Matt Harrison

Quick thinking Coastliner bus driver’s actions saluted at Transdev awards

When Malton-based Coastliner bus driver Jon Peckitt came across a broken-down car in the middle of the night, he didn’t hesitate to offer help.

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And Jon’s quick thinking, which helped to avoid an accident on the darkened A64 between York and Leeds, has earned him a ‘Hero of the Year’ award from his employers.

Staff from six Transdev bus companies across the North of England, including Coastliner, voted for their favourites in the annual Amazing Awards, run by bus operator Transdev.

Jon joined other winners and finalists from Transdev’s six depots in Yorkshire and Lancashire – in Malton, York, Harrogate, Keighley, Burnley and Blackburn – at last night’s presentation in Bradford, co-hosted by comedian, broadcaster Paul Sinha (aka ‘The Sinnerman’ from ITV’s hit game show ‘The Chase’), and BBC TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry.

Other Yorkshire winners at the glittering awards evening included York-based Dale French, part of a hand-picked team who drive the Cityzap express service between York and Leeds. Dale, who was shortlisted as Top National Bus Driver of the Year in 2017’s UK Bus Awards, was named as Driver of the Year at last night’s Transdev ceremony.

Alex Hornby, CEO of Transdev in Yorkshire and Lancashire, said: “The phrase ‘going the extra mile’ sums up Jon’s approach, which impressed his colleagues at our Malton depot and earned him their nomination for this award.

“Jon took it upon himself to make sure everyone in the car was OK, and then helped to push the car safely clear of the road before continuing his journey to Leeds.

“Amazing people like Jon are at the very heart of what makes a successful business, and whether they drive our customers safely to their destination, make sure every bus is safe and reliable, or provide the best support behind the scenes, our fantastic people make our company the success it is.

“The high standards set by everyone on the shortlist for this year’s Amazing Awards made choosing seven winners a challenging, yet enjoyable, task.”

Over 130 nominees and their partners attended the awards evening, held on Thursday 18 January 2018 at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

The winners of the seven coveted Amazing Awards were each directly nominated by their own colleagues, and selected from a shortlist of the company’s finest teams and individuals.

Alex Hornby said: “At the heart of our company, we believe in three things – employing people who are happy to work with us, serving people who are proud to be our customers, and creating a business which is innovative and successful.

“Our core values, passion, partnership, performance and commitment shine through in every one of our Amazing Awards winners. We’re proud to celebrate everything that’s good about the people who deliver the highest standard of service for our customers, every day.”

Senior representatives from North Yorkshire County Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Metro) joined several of Transdev’s suppliers at the Amazing Awards event.