Bus station boss commended for work

Liam Needham, Pontefract's and Castleford's bus station manager, has been nominated in the Frontline Employee of the Year
Liam Needham, Pontefract's and Castleford's bus station manager, has been nominated in the Frontline Employee of the Year
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A bus station manager has been highly commended for his work at sites in both Pontefract and Castleford.

Liam Needham, who is manager of both stations, was highly commended in the Frontline Employee of the Year category at the National Transport Awards last week.

Mr Needham, who has been in the role for two years, won a special award from Pontefract’s Civic Society, which they specifically created for his efforts to transform the town’s station.

Kieran Preston, Metro’s director general, said: “Liam deserves this recognition because since taking over the role two years ago he has shown nothing but hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to putting Pontefract Bus Station at the heart of the town’s community, and transforming operations at Castleford.

“He has ensured that he and his teams have put their customers at the centre of everything they do and as a result impressive results have been delivered at both locations.”

At Pontefract, Mr Needham has raised more than £10,000 for charity by holding fundraising events with schools, businesses and station staff.

He also secured funding for security at Castleford bus station, which is due to be redeveloped after plans were approved by council bosses earlier this month.

Mr Needham said: “This is recognition for the Castleford and Pontefract bus station teams and all they have done to make the bus stations at the centre of the towns’ communities.”