Leanne Howard from Southern Vectis is celebrating this week, after being named among the top drivers along the south coast.

The local bus driver competed against colleagues from Southern Vectis and those from sister operators – including the cream of the crop from Southampton’s Bluestar, Salisbury Reds, Swindon’s Bus Company, and Morebus in Bournemouth and Poole.

Placing Leanne 3rd, judges based their decision on a range of criteria – including drivers’ professionalism at work and stand-out skills during manoeuvres, at a special event in Salisbury. For her third placing, she received £250.

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operations director, David Lee Kong

“We are justifiably proud of our drivers across all our operators, so the top three of this annual award have to be very special,

“I’m delighted for Leanne. To be placed higher than all but two of our drivers is an amazing achievement.”

With more than five years’ experience in the industry, Leanne is known for her excellent customer service, bubbly personality and infectious smile. She can often be found throughout the island, driving the popular Island Breezer and Coaster services.

Leanne, who is based in Newport,  will now represent Southern Vectis and the family of south coast sister companies at the UK Bus Driver of the year final in Blackpool this September.

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Reflecting on her achievement, Leanne added:

“I am still in awe of making it to the final of Bus Driver of the Year. And it was great to be supported by by mum, who is in the process of training to be a bus driver with Southern Vectis!”

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he who cares,
he who cares,
16 days ago

brilliant well done if you can drive a bus on the island you can drive anywhere. hope you will win the top spot in the competition. well done mum following your girls foot steps.


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