Meet London's top bus driver - Belvedere's Dean Golding
PUBLISHED: 11:05 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 29 November 2016
Mr Golding received the award last week
A bus driver with more than 20 years experience has received top honours at a national awards ceremony.
Dean Golding picked up the top London bus driver award last week at the 2016 UK Bus Awards last week.
The Belvedere driver has been based at Go-Ahead London’s garage in the town for more 12 years.
Judges commended Mr Holding for ‘the fact he goes out of his way to help passengers and colleagues alike’.
Three drivers across the capital scooped the prize, but it was the the 41-year-old who came out with the gold award.
To be considered for the award, drivers have to be nominated by their respective garage.
Following a nomination, judges from the awards secretly rate each contestant based on reports from mystery travellers, public commendations, internal assessments and each driver’s accident record.
Mr Golding, who has lived in Bexley his entire life, said he was ‘honoured’ after his colleagues at Belvedere garage put his name forward to be crowned London’s best bus driver at the national awards ceremony hosted on London’s Southbank last week.
Speaking at the awards ceremony on November 23, the father of three said: “This award means alot, I’m still in shock.
“To be honest I came not expecting to win, it was nice to be nominated but to actually win it, well it’s brilliant.
“I like to give everyone who comes on the bus a smile and always say good morning.”