Driving force Carole Hind has reached the final stage of a national competition to find the country’s best bus driver.
The trentbarton employee and her company are in the running for two major prizes at the UK Bus Awards 2015.
Carole, who has already won trentbarton’s Driver of the Year title at its Really Good Service Awards, drives the non-stop red arrow bus between Derby and Nottingham.
She said: “It is exciting to be a finalist in the national awards. I love driving the red arrows and really do enjoy helping our customers, many of whom use the service every day and make me smile as much as I hope I make them.”
One of five finalists in the Top Shire Operator category, trentbarton is up against Metrobus in Crawley, more bus in Dorset, Reading Buses and Stagecoach South West. The winner is then in the running to be named the overall UK Bus Operator of the Year.
Jeff Counsell, managing director of trentbarton, said: “Our success is thanks to the hard work of every member of our whole team, including our exceptional drivers who are the friendly faces of the company’s customer care.
“That is exemplified by Carole, whose warm, welcoming smile for every customer creates a great first impression. Her friendly and approachable personality really shines through and her driving skills are second to none.”
Carole - the only female driver in the final - and trentbarton will find out if they have won at a ceremony at London’s South Bank on November 24.