A SOLIHULL bus route driver has been crowned winner in a national competition.
Lee Grantham from National Express West Midlands’ Acocks Green depot secured the title after competing against more than 100 other finalists in the UK Bus Driver of the Year competition.
The 35-year-old has been with the company for seven years and regularly drives the number 72 and 73 routes.
Lee took part in a series of driving challenges in the final, which was held in Blackpool, with others from bus companies across the country, including colleagues from two of National Express West Midlands’ other depots.
He said: “I am on cloud nine to win the Bus Driver of the Year 2023 national finals – it is a dream come true. My ambition in life is to deliver 100 per cent all of the time.
“Winning would not have been possible without the time and effort put in by National Express West Midlands and of course the training school who do an amazing job.
“I’m honoured to bring the winning trophy back to the West Midlands and especially my home garage of Acocks Green.”
Jenny Tocknell, UK head of engineering and operational safety at National Express, said: “We are really proud that we had three brilliant drivers taking part in this year’s UK final and would like to congratulate Lee for such a brilliant effort on the day to secure the top spot – it’s very well deserved.”