Coastliner’s Top Bus Driver



Friendly Malton-based bus driver shortlisted in bus firm’s Amazing Awards

His co-workers say “he’s more than just a colleague, he’s a friend to all” – and Coastliner bus driver Eamonn Wall’s been singled out for special praise at a prestigious awards event.

Eamonn, a familiar face to thousands of customers on the company’s buses between Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Coast, is a Team Leader based at the bus firm’s depot in Malton.

A delighted Eamonn said: ‘I’m really happy to have been recognised – I think my colleagues see how I go above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly, and if they have any problems they can come and see me. 

“I’ve been here for 21 years, and my favourite part of the job is seeing our customers happy. I’ve got to know the regulars really well, and when everyone else is happy, I’m happy.’ 

Judges at parent company Transdev’s Amazing Awards were so impressed by the natural warmth and pride in the job that shone through in Eamonn’s nomination for the Lifetime Star award that they gave him a Highly Commended rating, placing him among the top two from 980 bus drivers across Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The good news didn’t stop there for team Coastliner – as Malton-based Billy Crute also received a Highly Commended certificate in the Driver of the Year category. Judges praised Billy’s naturally down to earth manner, sharing jovial banter with regular travellers while giving a friendly welcome to new customers and making time to answer questions and put customers at ease.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “Eamonn is one of our longest serving drivers and as a Team Leader with many years of experience on the road, provides the inspiration and example for others to aspire to. He provides a first-class welcome to the many regular customers and visitors who travel on our Coastliner service to city, country and coast.

“We are blessed with many long-serving colleagues, but our Lifetime Stars are singled out for their consistent performance and continued efforts, day after day, to offer their best – they really are the backbone of our company.

“Our business is about people serving people, and we believe in three things – employing people who are happy to work with us, serving people who are proud to be our customers, and creating a business which is innovative and successful.  Our Amazing Awards celebrate the pride and passion of the teams and individuals who deliver a high-quality service for our customers, every day.”

Presented at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Transdev’s Amazing Awards were attended by over 130 nominees and partners – each winning their place on the shortlist from a total of 1,250 people who keep the wheels turning safely each day from Preston to the Yorkshire Coast.

Comedy star Ted Robbins, famed as villainous Den Perry from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and for roles in Holby City, Doctors, Brookside and Coronation Street, guest hosted the event alongside Master of Ceremonies and Yorkshire’s favourite newsreader, BBC Look North’s Harry Gration.

Picture Shows: HE’S OUR STAR … Proud Coastliner bus drivers Eamonn Wall (centre, left) and Billy Crute celebrate with their partners at Transdev’s annual Amazing Awards ceremony, held at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford


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Notes to Editors:

The Coastliner bus network gives access to some of the finest scenery in Britain, crossing the heart of the North York Moors National Park and serving destinations packed with family attractions.

Starting from Leeds, Coastliner takes sightseers on an amazing journey through the heart of historic York, one of Europe’s most visited cities with an endless array of things to see and enjoy, and Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital with a first-class reputation for locally-produced culinary delights.

The Coastliner 840 route then turns north, visiting Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire, before reaching Pickering, home of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the Beck Isle Museum and Pickering Castle. 

Next is the picture-postcard village of Thornton le Dale, before the Coastliner climbs onto the North York Moors with panoramic views all the way. The service then visits Goathland – best known to millions as Aidensfield in the hit ITV drama “Heartbeat” before arriving in Whitby, famed for its associations with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, seafarer Captain James Cook – and fabulous fish and chips!

Coastliner 843 journeys continue east from Malton to Scarborough, a perennial family favourite with something for all, including two beaches, amusements, beautiful Peasholm Park, the North Bay miniature railway and more. Coastliner also runs right to the entrance of the exciting Alpamare Water Park, with indoor and outdoor pools, four breathtaking slides, waves and much more.

The service also provides a highly competitive option for commuters. A ‘Gold 7’ season ticket, offering seven days’ unlimited travel on all Transdev buses across Yorkshire and Lancashire, including on Coastliner all the way to the Yorkshire Coast, is available from drivers or on the free to download ‘Transdev Go’ mobile app for just £38 – with monthly tickets giving even greater savings available online or via the app.

Parent company Transdev is one of the largest public transport operators in Europe, with a reputation for delivering high quality public transport. Visit: for details of all Transdev services in the UK and Europe.