May 25 2013 Latest news:
CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council has been named Transport Authority of the Year at the prestigious UK Bus Awards held in London yesterday. The award was given to the authority which judges described as having succeeded in tempting people out of their cars
CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council has been named Transport Authority of the Year at the prestigious UK Bus Awards held in London yesterday.
The award was given to the authority which judges described as having 'succeeded in tempting people out of their cars' and 'developing pro-bus policies over the last decade.'
Over the last eight years, bus passenger numbers in Cambridgeshire have risen from 15.1 million to 24.2 million while the Park and Ride service in Cambridge has seen more than four million users during the past year.
Other innovations have included the Real Time Passenger Information systems and the community minibus brokerage scheme.
The award presented in front of more than 650 industry professionals at a ceremony at London's Hilton Hotel also praised the vision and courage shown in developing many projects including the Guided Busway.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Cabinet Member for Highways and Access, said: "Winning the award is recognition of a lot of hard work from so many people, including Brian Smith, Executive Director for Environment Services and bus operators.
"We have faced many challenges in recent years with cuts from central Government affecting our budget while our population has grown but we have worked hard to overcome them.
"We have succeeded because we have worked in partnership with our local bus operators, introduced new technology but most importantly we have listened to passengers.
"With the number of people using the buses continuing to grow, we know we can improve our services even further. For example, when The Busway opens, we estimate around 3.5 million trips on the service each year.
"Rest assured though we will not rest on our laurels - we know there is more we can do and we promise to use this award as a springboard to improve our service even further.