BUS company Arriva Yorkshire is celebrating success – and hoping for further reason to celebrate later this year.
Bus driver Andrew Sykes, 41, collected a clutch of trophies in the national Bus Driver of the Year Awards 2011.
He was placed second in the overall competition and also picked up the Giles Fearnley Shield as winner of the category for Best Competitor from a Depot in England.
Andrew, who lives in Dewsbury and joined the firm in 1994, also received the Arriva Trophy and a cash prize as highest placed Arriva competitor in the competition, which took place in Blackpool.
The aim of the awards is to raise the standard of passenger care and comfort and improve the skills of bus drivers covering local and inter-city routes.
Another Arriva Yorkshire employee has been shortlisted for a top award in recognition of her hard-work, loyalty and devotion to duty. Rita Kendrick, who has 33 years with the company, was nominated for the UK Bus Unsung Hero Award for her role at the Heckmondwike depot, where she oversees the running of 60 vehicles and manages more than 150 employees.
Rita has to wait until the presentation on November 29, to find out if she has won.