Yellows’ driver goes for national honours in Blackpool

Blackpool bound: Yellows' driver Graham Johnson who is taking part in the UK Bus of the Year final after winning the local heat.

Blackpool bound: Yellows’ driver Graham Johnson who is taking part in the UK Bus of the Year final after winning the local heat.

YELLOWS’ driver Graham Johnson will be going for gold when he takes part in the UK Bus Driver of the Year final in Blackpool this weekend (September 14).

The 48-year-old father of two is representing Yellow Buses in the prestigious national contest after driving to victory in the local heat held at Yeomans Way, Bournemouth.

Graham, who joined the Yellows five years ago, won by just five points after successfully completing a gruelling set of theory and practical tests.

Runner-up Neil Cousins will be joining Graham in Blackpool for the UK Bus Driver of the Year contest. They will be competing against about 100 drivers to win the national title which comes with prizes worth £1,500.

“I’m over the moon at winning the Yellow Buses’ Driver of the Year competition. It was a tough contest,” said Graham who received a trophy and £500.

“Now I’m looking forward to representing the company in Blackpool. It should be a good weekend,” he added.

Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “Both the local and national competitions are excellent ways of recognising the skill and dedication exercised by our drivers day in, day out.

“Graham and Neil are worthy local winners and go to Blackpool with our congratulations and best wishes.”

The UK Bus Driver of the Year final is held in Blackpool on Sunday September 14.