- Sheffield Bus Partnership shortlisted for two prestigious UK Bus Awards
- Award categories: ‘Innovation Award’, ‘Peter Huntley Memorial Award for Making Buses a Better Choice’ and 'Local Authority Project of the Year'
Sheffield Bus Partnership has been shortlisted for three prestigious UK Bus Awards in recognition of the huge strides taken to make travel in the city more simple, flexible and convenient.
Considered as the UK's premier bus awards scheme, the UK Bus Awards announced that Sheffield Bus Partnership had been selected as a finalist from over 230 entries for the ‘Peter Huntley Memorial Award for Making Buses a Better Choice’, ‘Innovation Award’ and 'Local Authority Project of the Year' categories.
The shortlisting announcement was made at a presentation held at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 10 October.
The accolade underpins a year of significant success for the ground-breaking agreement between First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport, Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
Labelled a ‘historic’ development by then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker MP, the ambitious nature of the Partnership and the speed with which it has delivered results has gained recognition from Government and secured an exclusive Better Bus Area grant of £18.3 million to further improve Sheffield’s bus offer.
Since its launch in October 2012, Sheffield Bus Partnership has:
- reduced congestion and duplication on key bus routes, significantly improving punctuality and reliability
- seen over 35% of adult fare paying customers benefitting from cheaper fares
- introduced a range of new multi-modal tickets that can be used on buses and trams
- significantly improved customer satisfaction and reduced complaints by 30%
- resulted in 14% more adult fare paying passengers travelling on Sheffield’s buses since this time last year
- invested in new, low floor, environmentally friendly buses to replace over 250 vehicles by 2017
Managing Director for First in South Yorkshire, Ben Gilligan, said: “This is great news and shows that bus operators and local authorities can deliver a comprehensive partnership agreement which ultimately benefits customers and the local communities.”
Managing Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, Paul Lynch, said: “Since its launch, Sheffield Bus Partnership has really helped to benefit customers, providing a realistic and viable travel option for many people in the city. To be nominated twice at these prestigious awards is a real accomplishment after just one year, and a clear sign that this particular kind of transport model does work.”
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “It has been a year of huge progress for Sheffield Bus Partnership and I am delighted that this has been recognised at the UK Bus Awards.
“The Partnership’s commitment to understand and respond to customer needs continues to improve the quality of Sheffield’s bus network, and is providing a platform for further improvements. This achievement is testament to the dedication of all partners involved in the scheme.”
Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, Councillor Leigh Bramall, said: “The fact that we are gaining increasing recognition for the Bus Partnership Agreement demonstrates how ground breaking this is.
“There is still a long way to run in the Bus Partnership Agreement but the early signs are that it has delivered significant improvements for passengers and is attracting new bus users, which helps to ease congestion and improve the environment.
“Along with the tram, this plays a major part in helping us to deliver one of the best public transport networks in the country.”
The UK Bus Awards are organised by The Bus Industry Awards Limited and are now in their fifteenth year. The 2013 awards will be presented at a ceremony on 19 November by out-going Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker MP.
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