Coastliner’s Mariusz named as UK’s Top Bus Driver at bus industry Oscars
2 months ago
He’s one of the best-known faces on Coastliner, Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route linking Leeds and York with the North Yorkshire Coast – and now, our Mariusz Losinski’s expert driving and customer care skills have earned him the coveted title of Top National Bus Driver at the UK Bus Awards, widely recognised as the Oscars of the UK bus industry.
29 year old Mariusz was at the prestigious London events venue Troxy to be crowned as the nation’s number one bus driver in a glittering ceremony, widely recognised as the Oscars of the UK bus industry.
A second gold was also awarded to parent company Transdev in the Enriching the Customer Experience category for our unique marketing campaign, ‘De-Stressing The Bus’, which delivered a 15 percent rise in customer numbers on its routes across the North in the 12 months to the end of June this year – with a Silver prize also awarded to our Head of Operations Alan Isherwood, in the Manager of the Year category.
Based at our Coastliner depot in Malton, North Yorkshire, Mariusz has already earned several accolades closer to home, including our own ‘Dream Driver’ prize in 2016 and its Eco Champion trophy in last year’s Transdev-wide Amazing Awards, which recognise talent across our ten operating bases in Yorkshire and the North West.
And earlier this year, Mariusz was presented with our Pride of the North Cup, awarded by nomination from his customers who were impressed by his cool, calm handling of a medical emergency on his bus in the midst of the North York Moors.
Mariusz first came to the UK nine years ago at the age of 20, and after a few months in kitchen work, decided to take to the open road, joining the team at Transdev’s York depot before transferring to Coastliner at Malton.
A proud Mariusz says: “I’ve always felt comfortable sitting behind the wheel, and have always liked the contact with people, so I decided to become a bus driver.
“I have no secret, but I try to drive the same way as during the first months of my work as a driver. From the very beginning, I’ve always paid special attention to the safety and comfort of my passengers. After eight years of driving for Coastliner, I still try to remember this every day.”
Transdev Operations Director Vitto Pizzuti says: ”Mariusz Losinski thoroughly deserves to be the UK’s National Bus Driver of the Year – his relentless attention to delivering the highest quality of service on Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route has made him a favourite with countless customers.”
Meanwhile, Coastliner Operations Manager Kel Pizzuti says Mariusz has all the right qualities to make a first rate driver. Kel says: “Driving a bus on such a varied network, with congested city streets and narrow moorland roads, is a challenge for any driver – yet Mariusz takes it all in his stride, and always puts his customers first.”
Our photos show Mariusz on stage at the UK Bus Awards with his Gold trophy, presented by BBC News host Jane Hill and Robert Jack, editor of road and rail industry journal Passenger Transport – and our winning team celebrating further golden success for our unique marketing campaign, ‘De-Stressing The Bus’.