National Express engineers first in UK to win Roadworthiness Awards
A National Express West Midlands garage has become the first public transport depot in Britain to be presented with a ‘Roadworthiness Award’ from the Freight Transport Association for engineering excellence.
The engineering team based at National Express’ Acocks Green bus depot were awarded the accolade for consistently high levels of vehicle cleanliness, inspection and maintenance.
The award, which is the first to be awarded to any public transport garage, acknowledges the excellent work undertaken by the engineering team who maintain over 150 vehicles operating across 29 routes everyday.
Graham Livesey, Engineering Manager at Acocks Green, said: “The engineering team at Acocks Green are so proud to have won this award. We work hard to ensure vehicles remain in excellent condition and I know everyone is looking forward to maintaining these high standards throughout 2009.”
The FTA works closely with National Express across all of its bus and coach locations to provide an independent monitoring service of engineering standards.
Alan Osborne, Director of Audit Services for the FTA, said: “We reviewed the great work undertaken by the twelve National Express bus engineering teams based in Dundee, London and the West Midlands during 2008 to identify our winner.
”I was delighted to be able to personally present this inaugural award to the team at Acocks Green – the UK's first PSV operating depot to win one.”
The FTA also acknowledged the improvements made at both Yardley Wood and Travel Dundee during 2008 and suggested that this award will be fiercely contested during 2009.