- Sheffield Bus Partnership shortlisted for three prestigious National Transport Awards
- Award categories: Improvements to Bus Services, Most Innovative Transport Project, and Transport Team/Partnership of the Year
Sheffield Bus Partnership has been shortlisted for three prestigious National Transport Awards, celebrating innovation and excellence across the public transport sector.
Shortlisted categories are the award for Improvements to Bus Services, Most Innovative Transport Project, and Transport Team/Partnership of the Year.
The recognition 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).
Since it was launched in October 2012, the voluntary partnership has seen a more simple, flexible and convenient bus network for Sheffield. Labelled a ‘historic’ development by Transport Minister of State 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.
The city-wide agreement combines various legal powers to become the most complex and geographically far reaching partnership of its kind in the UK.
Sheffield Bus Partnership has reduced congestion and duplication on key routes, significantly improved punctuality and reduced fares. Up to 35% of adult fare paying customers now benefit from cheaper fares and a range of new tickets. Customer satisfaction is significantly improved, and the latest adult fare paying passenger numbers (non-concessionary) are up by 5.8% on last year’s use.
Investment in Sheffield’s bus fleet is also reducing emissions, with £1.5m awarded as part of the Green Bus Fund to Stagecoach in Sheffield for 19 new hybrid buses that are now in operation.
Dave Alexander, Regional Managing Director for First in South Yorkshire, said: "We are delighted that the Sheffield Bus Partnership has been nominated for three awards at the prestigious National Transport Awards. Sheffield is leading the way across the UK by using partnership to ensure that the quality of bus services is consistently improving to benefit the customers and the local communities."
David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “It has been a year of huge progress for Sheffield Bus Partnership and I am delighted that this hard work has been recognised at the National Transport Awards. Sheffield Bus Partnership is the people’s bus network, designed in consultation with them, for them. This achievement is testament to the dedication of all partners involved in the scheme and their commitment to understand and respond to customer needs.
“Sheffield Bus Partnership is providing a platform for further improvements and paving the way for other transport authorities to use the model as a benchmark for network development.”
Paul Lynch, managing director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are extremely proud that our groundbreaking partnership has been recognised nationally with three nominations at the National Transport Awards. It demonstrates the success of the Sheffield Bus Partnership network in terms of innovation, flexibility and reliability and how it is delivering in attracting more people to greener, smarter public transport.”
Ian Jenkinson, Sheffield Community Transport, said: “At Sheffield Community Transport we recognise the real benefits that the Partnership is bringing to passengers across Sheffield and believe that the approach being pursued is right for all concerned.”
The National Transport Awards 2013 are organised by Transport Times and supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Passenger Focus. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 17 October with the key note speaker, DfT Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP.