Two Ipswich drivers in bus driver of the year finals

Ipswich Buses driver Leon Wells, third in the UK Bus Driver of the Year Competition

Ipswich Buses driver Leon Wells, third in the UK Bus Driver of the Year Competition - Credit: cont

A bus driver from Ipswich Buses has come third in the UK Bus Driver of the Year awards at the annual finals held in Blackpool.

Leon Wells, 39 from Ipswich, was one of over 100 drivers who battled for the ultimate accolade for passenger transport professionals; to be named Bus Driver of the Year.

Leon received a trophy and a financial award of £500.

He also received the award for the Best Placed ALBUM Company Employee.

He was one of two Ipswich Buses employees to finish in the top 50 best drivers at the competition with Shaun Clark placing 44th.

Managing Director of Ipswich Buses Jeremy Cooper said, “Leon loves the bus industry and takes great care to maintain very well disciplined standards in all he does.

“This is an outstanding individual achievement on his part but I know he feels that his success also reflects the quality of work done by all our great team at Ipswich Buses, and Shaun Clark’s very creditable 44th place also confirms this.”

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During the competition, drivers from bus operators across the UK undertook a series of driving tests in a bid to win the Bus Driver of the Year title. Over a two mile course, each was required to execute a series of precision manoeuvres – all in an unfamiliar bus.

At the end of the course each driver also had to pass a breathalyser test before completing a tough written test.

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