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Bennetts Coaches celebrates success with virtual awards

National Express UK Coach celebrated the hard work of its partner operators last week with a virtual awards ceremony.

Gloucester-based Bennetts Coaches, who operate a number of the coach operator's services, was crowned Overall Operator of the Year; as well as picking up awards for Sustained High Achievement, Best Fleet and Operator of the Year for 6 to 10 vehicles.

Gavin Bennett, managing director at Bennetts Coaches said: "We are delighted to have won these prestigious awards from National Express.

"As a company we have been working hard to ensure our depot is Covid-19 secure and remains that way. By having everything in place quickly, we were able to re-start our National Express operations on 1 July."

Operations manager Chris Lucassi added: "We have an incredible team of people at Bennetts Coaches - the back office team, cleaners, engineers and of course the drivers, who go out there and deliver excellence every day. These awards are for all of them."

The Operator of the Year category is based on the company's engineering standards, the number of miles operated and customers carried, as well as praise and complaints.

Chris Hardy, managing director at National Express UK Coach said: "We usually hand out the awards for the previous year every March as part of our annual conference and awards dinner. While it wasn't possible this year, we felt it was more important than ever to recognise the achievements so did it virtually instead.

"We wouldn't be National Express without our operators and their response to covid-19 has really demonstrated this. Each and every one of them has allowed us to safely get back on the road after a three month suspension so I was really pleased to be able to have the opportunity to recognise their efforts and celebrate them as valued partners."

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