Stagecoach has been rated Britain's top public transport company for diversity and inclusion, according to the longest-running annual survey of corporate reputation in the UK.

Britain's biggest bus and coach operator driving forward several initiatives to build an inclusive workforce that represents all the customers and communities it serves.

The Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2019 survey comes after Stagecoach had already taken some significant steps in building a more gender diverse workforce with more women in senior positions and more female representation in its graduate scheme.

The company is targeting how it can improve the way it recruits employees from a range of diverse backgrounds and will be tracking data to measure performance.

It is also investing heavily in apprenticeships to attract young people into careers in the public transport sector.

Clare Burles, People Director for Stagecoach, said: “"As a transport provider that connects people with jobs, skills and training and helps our towns and cities thrive, having a diverse and inclusive workforce is fundamental to our success

“We’ve taken some big steps forward in the past year, particularly in improving gender balance, but we know we have lot more to do."