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Go North East has been shortlisted in the UK Bus Awards for marketing initiatives including its ‘Big Days Out’ campaign
Go North East has been shortlisted in the UK Bus Awards for marketing initiatives including its ‘Big Days Out’ campaign

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Four shortlists for Go North East at the UK Bus Awards 2018

The ‘Oscars’ of the UK bus industry has shortlisted the region’s largest bus operator in four award categories for its innovative marketing campaigns, industry-leading training and engineering excellence.

Learning its fate at the UK Bus Awards 2018 this November, Go North East has been named finalists for the Marketing Initiative of the Year and Sustained Marketing Excellence awards thanks to its hugely popular Big Days Out and £1 fares campaigns.

The shortlists come after the award-winning company demonstrated how it is making the bus a more appealing choice for everyone; including better accessibly for young people thanks to the introduction of hassle-free flat fares. Plus, encouraging families to hope onboard thanks to discounted travel and money-off some of their favourite North East attractions and eateries.

Head of engineering Colin Barnes has also beat off stiff competition to earn a place within the highly-prestigious Engineer of the Year category. With an impressive career history, he has led a wide range of efficiency measures within Go North East’s engineering team including bespoke training and industry firsts. Overseeing the smooth running of its fleet of 650 vehicles, Colin exemplifies Go North East’s commitment to nurturing talent and driving innovation.

Go North East has also been recognised as an industry leader thanks to its Bus Driver Routeway scheme, after being named a finalist for the New Horizons Award.

Commenting on the marketing award shortlists, Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “We get to know about some of the most inspiring projects from across the country. These awards celebrate consistency in marketing bus services in an innovative and progressive way. Those that really make a difference and see more and more people jumping on board. It’s a great achievement to reach the final and we wish the team at Go North East the very best of luck at the awards.”

Hosted by BBC News’ Jane Hill, The UK Bus Awards take place on 20th November at The Troxy in London.

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On the Go since 1913

Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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