A bus driver from Radcliffe-on-Trent is in the running to be named as the UK’s best bus driver.
James Kearney drives the Skylink route to East Midlands Airport for Trentbarton and joined the company in 2004.
The 46-year-old, who previously drove the Mainline route that links Radcliffe and Bingham with the city centre, is one of eight finalists in the Top National Driver category of the UK Bus Awards 201. .
He was nominated for the national award by Trentbarton after winning its really good service awards Driver of the Year title in April.
James scooped that award for his sterling work on the Mainline and then Skylink Nottingham, on which he whisks customers to and from East Midlands Airport from Nottingham, Loughborough, Long Eaton, Shepshed and Coalville.
Sharon Bailey, the operations manager who manages James, said: “He never has a bad day on the job. When driving he’s so friendly with the customers.
“You only have to meet him to feel that you instantly have a relationship with him.”
James has an unblemished record of zero accidents in the past three years and zero days off work.
The mystery auditors who rode on his buses for Trentbarton’s awards said James is “as good as it gets – and then some”.
Trentbarton managing director, Jeff Counsell, said: “Hugely deserved congratulations to James for making it to the national finals.
“We believe he’s that special he can go one better and bring home the national prize.
“Our drivers have won the UK Bus Awards Driver of the Year title more times than any other company.
“There’s a reason for that – our drivers are the best in the business and James embodies all that is great about our team.”
James said: “It’s brilliant to get to a national final for doing a job I enjoy so much. I love working with the public.”
Mark Yexley, chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “Our finalists not only demonstrate an impressive commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, but a personal dedication to the journey and service itself.
“It’s a great achievement to reach the final and we wish James the very best of luck.”