Calmac wins Public Transport Operator of the Year
Scottish ferry company wins second major award in 2010...
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne, (CalMac) has won its second prestigious award of the year, after being named “Public Transport Operator of the Year” at the Scottish Transport Awards in Glasgow.
The company, which operates on 24 routes across the West coast of Scotland, was presented with the award by Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson MSP, at a ceremony in Glasgow (November 18). It is the first time the award has been won by a ferry company.
Competing with CalMac in this category were Lothian Buses, McGill's Buses, ScotRail and Stagecoach in Fife.
In October, CalMac beat 12 major ferry operators to be named “Best Ferry Operator” in the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2010. The award was one of 22 categories under which readers were asked to rate the quality of service they received on their holidays across the world.
Phil Preston, Managing Director of Caledonian MacBrayne said: “This latest award is particularly pleasing coming so soon after our Guardian and Observer Award. Once again the hard work and dedication of all our staff on shore and afloat who strive daily to maintain these essential services to some of the remotest communities in Europe in some of the most hostile sea areas in Europe, has been recognised at the highest level."
The Scottish Transport Awards organised by Transport Times Events, are supported by the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland. The awards were judged by Transport Times publisher and former government adviser Prof David Begg (Chair of the Judging Panel) ; Prof George Hazel OBE, Managing Director of MRC McLean Hazel Ltd; Prof Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance, Business School, University of Glasgow and David Middleton, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland