Sheffield Bus Partnership has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Annual Awards for Excellence 2013.
The recognition comes just weeks after Sheffield Bus Partnership was shortlisted for three separate awards in the esteemed National Transport Awards 2013, and underpins a year of significant success for the ground-breaking agreement.
The Partnership is a finalist in the ‘Passenger Transport Best Practice' category of the CILT awards and is the only bus project on the shortlist.
Sheffield Bus Partnership brings together Stagecoach in Sheffield, First South Yorkshire, Sheffield Community Transport, Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in an industry leading partnership model that is increasingly recognised nationally for best practice across the public transport sector.
Since it was launched in October 2012, the voluntary Partnership has seen a more simple, flexible and convenient bus network for Sheffield. It has reduced congestion and duplication on key routes, significantly improved punctuality and reduced fares, resulting in significantly improved customer satisfaction. The latest adult fare paying passenger numbers (non-concessionary) are up by 5.8%.
Sheffield Bus Partnership sought to involve customers in discussion on major bus service changes. The Partnership is currently giving people the opportunity to comment on proposals for changes in the autumn that aim to further improve a number of the city’s bus services.
The proposed changes take into account customer feedback the Partnership has received during the past nine months, and aim to make sure Sheffield’s bus network continues to meet customer needs. People are being urged to give their views at sheffieldbuspartnership.co.uk
Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “It’s good to see the ground breaking Bus Partnership Agreement has been recognised at national level. However, the real test of the Agreement’s success is in the quality of the bus service to the people of Sheffield.
“The fact that customer complaints are down and patronage is up 5.8 per cent, against a background of a decreasing number of passengers across the rest of South Yorkshire, seems to show that the Partnership Agreement is being seen both nationally and by local people as providing a better public transport service for Sheffield.”
David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “Sheffield Bus Partnership has made significant progress since its launch thanks to all partners’ commitment to understand and respond to customer needs. It is a great accolade to be recognised nationally in both the CILT Annual Awards for Excellence and the National Transport Awards. The Partnership’s ongoing achievements not only demonstrate the scheme’s success, but are testament to the dedication of all partners involved.”
Paul Lynch, Managing Director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “The Sheffield Bus Partnership was set up with the aim of creating a simple, coordinated and convenient bus network for the people of Sheffield. This latest awards nomination is yet further recognition of how are achieving this through a unique partnership and looking to its continued success.”
Dave Alexander, Regional Managing Director for First in South Yorkshire, said: "This is excellent news. The Sheffield Bus Partnership is leading the way nationally in terms of partnership working between bus operators and local authorities and this is recognised by this awards nomination."
The CILT Annual Awards for Excellence 2013 will be held on 24 October 2013.