The two drivers who will represent Reading Buses in the National Bus Driver of the Year annual final in Blackpool in September have been named as Clark Jones and Anthony Whitney.
Clark, 50, of Lower Earley, who has two and a half years’ service, and Anthony, 49, of Tilehurst, with three years’ service, came first and second respectively in the Reading Buses Bus Driver of the Year competition. They were awarded Oracle gift vouchers.
Craig Marchant, 32, of Newbury with three and a half years’ service, who was the only Newbury depot entrant, came third overall, and the other contestants in the Reading Buses final were Jennie Hughes, James Kemp and Adrian Mocanu.
The Reading Buses competition involved a gruelling theory test and a number of fiercely judged driving assessments – including navigating through tight chicanes and stopping the bus perfectly on a line. Whilst all participants drove admirably, Clark and Anthony came out top.
Helpers on the day included the Academy team and Sue Stevens of Unite the Union.
Said Dan Bassett, Reading Buses Head of Operations: “We are thrilled to be able to name our two representatives for the prestigious Bus Driver of the Year Competition for 2017. They both performed extremely well and are really looking forward to the competition in Blackpool. We hope they can do even better than last year’s representatives.”
Last year Reading Buses driver Ed Love, 24, was placed 13th in the national final and his colleague Jamie Richardson, 25, came 93rd out of the 115 drivers who made it through to the final.
This was a reversal of the Reading Buses internal competition which Jamie actually won ahead of Ed.