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Bromley man scoops UK Bus Driver of the Year Award

PUBLISHED: 13:33 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:33 28 October 2015

William Bradford collects his award

William Bradford collects his award

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William Bradford, 22, overcame 117 other drivers at the national finals in Blackpool

A 22-year-old who began training just two weeks after passing his driving test, has been crowned the UK Bus Driver of the Year.

William Bradford, 22, works at Stagecoach’s Bromley garage and overcame 117 other drivers who battled for the ultimate accolade for passenger transport professionals at the national finals in Blackpool.

Drivers travel on a simulated route that can include any of the hazards normally encountered during their working day.

The test is completed on both private and public roads and, as on the job, drivers are required to keep to schedule. All competitiors are also required to complete a combined written test on the Highway Code and a futher test on professional competency.

Mr Bradford, of Littlemead, has worked for Stagecoach for four years is one of the competition’s youngest ever winners, and received a total of 12 trophies and over £3,000 for his efforts.

He said: “I was shocked when they announced I had won but I am ecstatically happy. It was a very challenging competition but it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.

“I really enjoy driving. I’m still the youngest driver at the depot and like any workplace you get a mix of reactions, some are happy for me, some take the mick but it’s all good fun.

“The company do their own assessment and you do their version of the competition and if you finish in the top four, you’re entered into the nationals.

“Every aspect of the job is taken into consideration so I’m really pleased and the rewards were well worth it.”

Managing director of Stagecoach’s UK bus division, Robert Montgomery, said: “The competition was fierce and it’s great to know that one of our drivers is the best in the country.”

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