Sheffield Bus Partnership has won two 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 public transport awards scheme, the UK Bus Awards crowned Sheffield Bus Partnership as the winner of the ‘Peter Huntley Memorial Award for Making Buses a Better Choice’ and ‘Local Authority Project of the Year’ categories, plus runner up of the ‘Innovation Award’ category, at a ceremony presented by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer on 19 November.
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 this time last year, Sheffield Bus Partnership has:
- reduced congestion and duplication on key bus routes, significantly improving punctuality and reliability
- seen 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 15% more adult fare paying passengers travelling on Sheffield’s buses
- invested in new, low floor, environmentally friendly buses to replace over 250 vehicles by 2017
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.”
Councillor Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, said: “Sheffield is making progress towards having one of the greenest bus fleets in the country, which should help the city reach its goals on improving air quality. It is a great accolade to be recognised at these prestigious awards.”
Ben Gilligan, Managing Director for First in South Yorkshire, 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.”
Paul Lynch, Managing Director for Stagecoach in Sheffield, said: “Sheffield Bus Partnership has delivered some fantastic results in its first year and I am incredibly pleased that a partnership approach has been honored at these prestigious industry awards.
“Sheffield Bus Partnership’s commitment to providing the best bus offer possible for the people of Sheffield plays a major part in helping us to deliver one of the best public transport networks in the country.”
Ian Jenkinson, General Manager for Sheffield Community Transport, said: “Sheffield Community Transport is proud to be a part of the Sheffield Bus Partnership. We are already seeing great improvements to the overall network in terms of reliability and punctuality and this is translating into more passengers using the bus and, as a consequence, fewer journeys by car.”
The UK Bus Awards are organised by The Bus Industry Awards Limited and are now in their fifteenth year.
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