The chief executive officer of McGill’s has been honoured with a special lifetime achievement award.

Ralph Roberts was recognised for his contribution to transport in Scotland at the Scottish Transport Awards which celebrates excellence and innovation within Scotland’s transport sector.

The event was held on June 20 at the Marriott Hotel Glasgow.

He received The Lifetime Contribution to Transport Award, marking a career that spans more than four decades in the bus industry.

He has been at the helm of McGill’s for 14 years, overseeing one of Scotland’s largest zero-emission bus fleets and managing a workforce of 1,500 people.

Before this position, he held various leadership roles at Arriva.

He said: “It is humbling to be recognised in this way and I have only been able to achieve what I have because of the fabulous teams I have had around me over the years and the support I have enjoyed from above.

“As I move into the autumn of my career, I am happy to see a younger generation, with an abundance of energy, pick up the challenge of steering the business day to day.

“However, I will remain heavily involved in the existential battle against business confiscation that is otherwise known as the £400m per annum bus franchising effort by SPT.

“Public transport has a bright future in Scotland and I am glad to have played a part in that”.

The Scottish Transport Awards, supported by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Network Rail, Scotland’s Railway, The Railway Industry Association, and CPT Scotland, also recognised McGill’s employee, Mohammad Ramzan, an Xplore Dundee driver, with the Frontline Employee of the Year award for his 46-year long service as a bus driver.