Who could be nominated?
Authorities who have statutory responsibility for transport in their area. This may therefore include County Councils, Passenger Transport Executives, Unitary Authorities or Regional Transport Partnerships.
…and by whom?
We welcomed nominations from bus operators running in the relevant authority’s area. Elected members or employees of authorities may also nominate an authority but the nomination must be supported by one or more operators of registered local bus services in the authority’s area.
Criteria and Entry Requirements
Nominations were judged on the quality of submissions for this award. The nominating person/company, or the authority nominated, needed to:
- Show the extent to which the authority actively promotes, facilitates and supports bus use.
- Demonstrate how planning policies made or influenced by the authority encourage development in areas that can be effectively served by bus
- Show that the authority’s traffic management (including bus priority) policies give maximum practical assistance to increase reliability of bus services
- Describe the authority’s parking policy, where this is under the control or influence of the authority, and show how it minimises conflict with bus services and that pricing policy takes into account the need to maintain cost competitiveness between buses and cars
- State whether the authority consults and works with operators in developing and implementing its policies and provide evidence that responses are genuinely taken into account
- Describe how the public are consulted by the authority about its transport policies
- State whether the authority set targets for bus performance and explain how are these monitored
- Supply evidence showing the overall trends in numbers of car and public transport trips (by mode, if applicable)
- Describe (including statistical analysis if available) the trends in bus reliability related to traffic causes
- Describe the authority’s policies to improve the accessibility of the bus product for people with mobility difficulties
- State whether the results are likely to be sustainable
- Describe any future plans for further development.
- Show that tendered service funds are used effectively to complement operators’ commercial networks.
- Show that the concessionary fares scheme has been administered in a spirit of partnership and co-operation.
- Include any relevant supporting material, e.g. Local Transport Plan extracts and available patronage and modal split trends in support of the nomination.
Entries should address each of the above criteria to assist with the judging process.