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‘Friendly and popular ‘ bus driver on routes in Carlton and Arnold could be named best in UK

A bus driver serving passengers in Arnold and Carlton could soon be named the best in the UK.

Jatinder Kumar, who works on the Lilac Line buses which serve the towns, has been nominated for the Top National Driver award at the UK Bus Awards.

Mr Kumar is currently Nottingham City Transport’s Driver of the Year and is now hoping to be recognised nationally.

A spokesman for Nottingham City Transport said: ” Jatinder is a very popular and friendly driver on the Lilac Line buses to Carlton, Westdale Lane and Arnold.

PICTURED: Jatinder Kura (IMAGE: NCT)

“He has an exemplary employment record throughout his 11 years driving buses for NCT and has numerous commendations on his file. “

The firm has this year been nominated for four awards in total. As well as Top National Driver, NCT are also nominated in the Engineer of the Year, Unsung Hero and City Operator of the Year categories.

Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “Reaching the finals is a success in itself, and for Nottingham City Transport to be nominated in four categories is something the whole team should be really proud. To be up there as one of the best bus companies in the country is a remarkable achievement.

“It’s an honour to be able to recognise individual employees too and we wish Sheila, Jake and Jatinder, and the whole team the very best of luck!” 

A win for City Operator of the Year could see NCT win UK Bus Operator of the Year for a record breaking fifth time.

Mark Fowles, NCT’s Managing Director commented, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for four UK Bus Awards, and our shortlisting for City Operator of the Year recognises the work Nottingham City Transport does to provide a high quality, low emission bus service for the City, which is carrying more people. This can only be achieved thanks to the dedication, loyalty and professionalism of our employees and it is fantastic to see three NCT employees shortlisted for awards this year”.

The UK Bus Awards Finalists Announcement takes place on Tuesday, November 19 at Troxy in London.

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