A Welsh bus operator, one of the UK’s largest, has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards.

South Wales Stagecoach station in Porth has been nominated for Best National Bus Fleet at this year’s UK Bus Awards, and engineering manager Alison Jones has been nominated for Unsung Hero.

The depot is located in the heart of Rhondda Cynon Taf and is the second largest facility in South Wales.

It employs a dedicated team made up of four managers, two administrative staff, 132 drivers and 16 engineers.

Together they control a network of 20 routes covering Rhondda Cynon Taff, Cardiff, Caerphilly and Bridgend.

A feeling of camaraderie

A spokesperson for Stagecoach South Wales said: “There is an immediate sense of camaraderie upon entering Port Depot.

“The shift manager greets you warmly with friendly smiles and the dining room buzzes with lively conversation as drivers and engineering staff mingle during breaks.

“They share stories and jokes, fostering a feeling of friendship that goes beyond a simple professional relationship.

“It is not uncommon to see colleagues communicating and offering support on difficult days.

“The operations manager and fleet engineer are often in the cafeteria or engineering shop, interacting directly with the team and actively listening to their feedback.”

Stability and unity

Kevin, an electrician, and Andrea, a lead rider, have been recognized as Stagecoach UK Community Champions

Porto’s resilience and unity have been demonstrated during the unprecedented trials of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson added: “Despite industry challenges, particularly in recruitment, Porth has maintained an impressive record of not losing a single mile due to driverless driving issues over the past four years. Their success lies in their collective “yes, we can” attitude and culture.

“Their sense of unity extends beyond the warehouse walls, as they are deeply committed to their community.”

Community champions

The Porth team also provides ongoing support to numerous charities and organizations.

In 2019, they collected dozens of parcels for children’s cancer charity LATCH Welsh, hand-delivering them to children in hospital wards before Christmas.

In 2021, they collected and donated over 13.8 kilograms of food worth over £200 to the Rhondda Food Bank to help families struggling with the challenges of the pandemic and rising costs of living.

Notably, in 2022, Kevin, an electrician, and Andrea, a lead driver, were recognized as Stagecoach UK Community Champions for their outstanding contribution to their respective communities.

dear strong

Engineering administrator Alison Jones has been nominated for an Unsung Hero award.

In the second category, which is the Unsung Hero Award, Alison Jones was named a finalist in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the engineering department.

Alison joined the Stagecoach South Wales team in June 2022, initially based at the Blackwood depot in the role of Director of Engineering Management.

His primary responsibilities at the time were processing invoices, entering data, and assisting in purchasing supplies and parts for the service engineering team.

Shortly after his arrival, vacancies appeared at the Porta and Caerphilly warehouses.

A spokesperson said: “Having demonstrated a strong commitment to her colleagues, Alison enthusiastically accepted the challenge of managing the offices across both warehouses in addition to her current roles.

“His proactive approach combined with a commitment to efficiency, timely completion of tasks, effective communication and upbeat behavior quickly earned him recognition as a highly valued member of engineering teams across South Wales.”

An inspiring model

In 2023, Stagecoach began implementing a new accounting and engineering accounting system across all of its operating companies.

The transition involved transferring a significant amount of data and invoices from the existing system to the new system within a tight timeframe.

Impressed with Alison’s excellent performance, John Edmunds, Engineering Director at Stagecoach South Wales, entrusted her with the leadership of this project for the larger operational areas.

The spokesperson continued: “Alison spent approximately six weeks on this project, working extended hours and even weekends to ensure successful implementation, meet deadlines and facilitate a smooth transition for all departments.

“Alyson serves as an inspiring role model for women in engineering, embodying Stagecoach’s core values ​​of unity and inclusion, consistently going above and beyond to support her colleagues and contribute to the company’s overall success.”

The driving force of good

“It’s not uncommon to see colleagues looking at each other”

Martin Gibbon, managing director of Stagecoach South Wales, believes the appointments are a true testament to the company’s hard work, its commitment to supporting local communities and promoting a positive workplace culture.

He said: “Our excellent employees are a driving force for good in their communities and demonstrate that they are always proud to serve; These appointments are a credit to your continued commitment.

“We wish our finalists the best of luck at the November awards.”

To know more?

The UK Bus Awards will be presented at the Troxy show in London on Tuesday 28th November. You can read the full list of nominations on the UK Bus Awards website. For more information about Stagecoach South Wales, see the website.