Industry award for Carrick bus driver Andrew

L-R Translink Bus Driver of the Year, Andrew Marshall; Federation of Passenger Transport, Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Karen Magill; CEO & Chairman, The Wrights Group, Mark Nodder, and Award Sponsors RSA NI Ltd, Simon Rotherham.  INCT 08-727-CON
L-R Translink Bus Driver of the Year, Andrew Marshall; Federation of Passenger Transport, Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Karen Magill; CEO & Chairman, The Wrights Group, Mark Nodder, and Award Sponsors RSA NI Ltd, Simon Rotherham. INCT 08-727-CON

A Carrickfergus bus driver has won recognition at an awards ceremony by the Federation of Passenger Transport Northern Ireland.

Andrew Marshall received the ‘Translink Bus Driver of the Year’ accolade from the trade body, which promotes the use of public transport and represents the leading bus and coach operators across Northern Ireland.

The award recognises top performing drivers who deliver high standards of customer service alongside high quality driving skills.

Translink service delivery manager for Short Strand, Phillip Woods said: “The Special Recognition award highlights the importance of the bus and rail teams working together in order to keep our customers moving and minimise the disruption caused by rail line closures.

“Andrew always delivers excellent customer service in a very challenging city centre environment and he is a very worthy winner of the award. His positive attitude and commitment to carry out his role effectively does not go unnoticed as he is currently Metro’s most complimented driver.”

Translink also picked up the Raising Industry Standard award as well as two special Judge’s Awards

Meanwhile, Translink’s Improving Safety Culture programme scooped the Raising Industry Standard Award.

The initiative saw four minibuses transformed by engineers into mobile classrooms to deliver a new safety course based on core fundamental safety principles and rules.

Metro driver Paul Doyle received a Special Award in recognition of his exceptional example of kindness towards the end of last year. The other Special Award was presented to Central and Southern area staff from NI Railways for their crucial part in organising rail replacement bus services.