New accolade for Green Line 757
Green Line 757 - which runs between London Luton Airport and London Victoria - has won a new accolade in a glittering award ceremony – and raised £1000 for charity in the process!
UK Coach Awards
Almost 250 industry movers and shakers gathered at the Tower Hotel in the City of London on Friday 27 March 2009 to celebrate all that’s best in the UK coach industry. The event was compered by BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood and awards were presented in eighteen categories. Green Line 757 was nominated for an Effective Partnership Award and the Green Line team was thrilled to scoop runners up prize.
The Green Line 757 Partnership is a series of individual commercial agreements reached by Green Line operator Arriva the Shires in order to maximise the marketing coverage, patronage and, in turn, frequency and quality of Green Line 757 between London Luton Airport and London, Victoria. The company works with Luton Airport, Terravision, National Express and easyBus to deliver the services.
Great news for customers
Linsey Frostick, customer service manager, explained: “The partnership has contributed to the growth of Green Line 757 from an hourly daytime and evening operation to a 24-hour service with 3 or 4 daytime journeys an hour and a minimum of 2 each hour overnight. This is great news for customers”.
Green Line 757 also includes journeys specifically for commuters and coaches calling at Luton town centre too. Fully accessible coaches were first introduced in 2006, and a brand new fleet of sixteen Van Hool 63-seat coaches was launched in December 2008, representing a £4m investment in the service.
The award categories covered the whole range of activity in coaching and coach tourism, including coach operations, marketing, accessibility and travel programmes. Industry suppliers were rewarded in the ‘Best industry support solution’ and ‘Coach of the year’ categories. Tourist attractions, shopping attractions, local authorities and service suppliers who adopt coach-friendly policies were also honoured.
In the picture
Pictured with Carol Kirkwood at the awards ceremony are members of the Green Line team. Back row, left to right: Geoff Walker (Green Line inspector, Victoria), Michael Marti (service quality manager), Carol Kirkwood, Ken Hargeaves (depot manager Hemel Hempstead), Linsey Frostick (customer service manager); front row, left to right: Pete Saunders (coach driver), Jim Harley (coach driver), Maq Alibhai (depot manager Luton).
Download the Green Line 757 timetable.