UK Bus Awards open for entries

Entries for the UK Bus Awards 2023 are now open.

Nominations to compete for a total of 23 awards can be made until 5pm on 28 July. Judging and mystery travelling will take place in August and September.

As part of the judging process, candidates in three of the people categories will be invited for a discussion with the judges and to give a ten-minute presentation either in-person or via Zoom. These sessions will take place in central London near Victoria in late September.

Finalists are to be announced online in October and the winners at the in-person presentation ceremony on Tuesday 28 November at the popular Troxy venue in London.

Following a successful year for the awards scheme in 2022, when the UK Bus Awards returned to its first ‘in-person’ presentation ceremony since the Covid-19 pandemic, and following feedback from both entrants and judges, there will be a number of changes to the 2023 edition. A number of categories have been renamed with the entry criteria for several revised.

“We work hard to ensure that the awards remain relevant, and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances” – UK Bus Awards Chairman, Alan Millar

UK Bus Awards Chairman, Alan Millar, said: “We work hard to ensure that the awards remain relevant, and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. For that reason, we have introduced some changes for 2023. These revised categories will see us introduce new or revised awards for Buses for Leisure, Enriching the Customer Experience, Environmental Innovation, Going for Growth, a Lifetime Contribution to the Bus Industry award, Manager of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Top Express Service.

“We have also revised our previous Partnering for Delivery award to reflect the greater emphasis on operators working collaboratively with stakeholders in the post-National Bus Strategy environment. This award now becomes the Partnership for Delivery award and remains dedicated to the memory of Peter Huntley.

“We can’t wait to bring the industry together once again at Troxy, London in November to celebrate its successes, achievements, innovations, dedication and sheer brilliance.”

Further information about the categories and how to enter can be obtained here.

Award categories for 2023

  • Bus and the Community
  • Buses for Leisure
  • Culture Change
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Enhancing the Customer Experience
  • Environmental Innovation
  • Going for Growth
  • Lifetime Contribution to the Bus Industry
  • London Bus Garage of the Year
  • Luke Rees-Pulley Award for Top London Bus Driver
  • Manager of the Year
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Partnership for Delivery
  • Top Express Service
  • UK Bus Operator of the Year
  • Top National Bus Depot
  • Top National Bus Driver
  • Top City Operator
  • Top Independent Operator
  • Top Shire Operator
  • Unsung Hero
  • Young Manager of the Year
  • ‘None of the Above’


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