The performance of most bus services is critically affected by local highway authorities' policies on traffic management, parking and road network development.
Enlightened local authorities encourage use of public transport, provide levels of support for subsidised bus services and concessionary travel beyond statutory minimum levels, invest in bus service infrastructure and promote public transport.
This Award was won by the authority who, in the opinion of the judges:
- was prepared to implement bus priorities to improve bus service reliability
- ensures that key bus routes are kept clear of un-controlled parking, servicing and other obstructions
- has parking management and pricing policies that help maintain the competitiveness of buses with cars
Winner: Cambridgeshire County Council
Cambridgeshire County Council has been faced with a challenging set of problems in developing and delivering its transport policies over recent years. The authority has to deal with population growth and housing development in the region, and to balance the environmental aspects of the historic city at its heart with the travel needs of all who live, visit and work there.
This award was given by the judges for the vision and courage that the authority has shown, which has resulted in a whole series of outstanding infrastructure projects – culminating shortly in the opening of Britain’s largest ever bus rapid transit scheme.