Bus company up for three accolades

First Bus depot
First Bus depot

Scotland’s largest bus operator, First Glasgow, has been shortlisted for three prestigious Scottish Transport Awards.

The first is for the ‘Hospital Connect’ service which goes to and from the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This has been named in the ‘Best Bus Service’ category.

The second is for the firm’s Caledonia repair depot in Cathcart Road, which has been highlighted in the ‘Excellence in Technology and Innovation category’.

It is led by First Glasgow’s Major Repair Business Manager, Martin Brand, who has been shortlisted in the ‘Frontline Employee of the Year category’. Martin is among a rare breed of employees who have devoted their whole professional career to First, having joined as an apprentice from school 35 years ago and risen through the ranks to become one of the most valued members of senior staff.

First Glasgow boss Fiona Kerr said: “To be shortlisted for Scottish Transport Awards in categories ranging from service delivery to operational innovation and the day-to-day work of our employees is a fantastic recognition of the team approach we pride ourselves in at First Glasgow.

“I’m particularly pleased for Martin Brand whose achievements within First are hugely impressive. The organisation would be at a great disadvantage without someone with his drive, enthusiasm and knowledge on board.

“I’m delighted the company has been shortlisted for these important awards. It reflects the hard work and commitment from our team to improve services across the Greater Glasgow area and ultimately encourage more people to travel by bus.”

The Scottish Transport Awards will take place on June 16 in Glasgow.