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The award for investment in projects to makes bus passengers' lives better as they wait for the bus (stops, shelters and terminals), or to make their journeys faster and more reliable through traffic management and bus priority schemes.
Schemes submitted for this award can consist of bus priority measures, bus stations, route infrastructure work or a mixture of all three.
The judges were looking in particular for schemes which, amongst other things, provide:
- Positive benefits - without unintended disbenefits
- Good design - which meets operators’ requirements
Quality - of both service and infrastructure
Bus priority - on routes seen by operators as important.
The Winners: Nottingham City Council, Derby Road Corridor Upgrade
The Derby Road corridor is an important access into central Nottingham for public transport. Over recent years, it has seen the introduction of a wide range of quality measures including new buses, 24-hour bus lanes, high quality bus shelters, timetable cases, real time LED displays, and marketing through good publicity, innovative ticketing, personalised journey planning, and information kiosks known as infohubs. This has been done through partnership with the bus companies.
These initiatives have contributed directly to sustained growth in bus use along the corridor and to a significant modal shift from the car.
The judges were very impressed with the effectiveness of the corridor approach,bringing together a number of elements which, though small in themselves, have together brought about a major impact on passenger numbers and modal split. One element particularly liked was the very active maintenance and enforcement. This is a model scheme for upgrading an important corridor for bus services which is capable of much wider application elsewhere.
Runners Up: Peterborough City Council, Making Bus Travel A Priority
Peterborough City Council, Making Bus Travel A Priority
A large proportion of Peterborough’s investment in infrastructure has been focused on what it calls its Primary Public Transport Corridor. This includes bus stopping places replaced or upgraded and physical priority segregating buses from other traffic on almost 20% of the route. Also, traffic signals have been programmed to give priority to buses at junctions, stop buildouts have been made where physical bus priority is not possible, so that traffic is stopped behind a bus at these points which gives the bus a clear run when it re-starts, and there is real-time information. Also, the local bus operator, Stagecoach, has invested in new vehicles. This bringing together on one corridor of such a range of quality measures has all helped contribute to year-on-year growth of 16% bus use in Peterborough.
The judges were especially impressed that this had all been achieved as part of an integrated scheme for the corridor, and in a spirit of co-operation and trust between the council and the bus operators, meaning that a formal quality partnership was not felt to be necessary.
Nottinghamshire County Council, Retford Bus Station
The fully enclosed 8 bay bus station, designed in-house by Nottinghamshire County Council, was opened on 31st July 2007 and has been well received by passengers, bus operators and the people of Retford. The scheme set out to address safety and operational concerns that the old bus station suffered from and provide a modern comfortable and safe waiting environment for existing and potential customers. Working with local retailers has also enabled the provision of a wider footway and landscape area on a main thoroughfare from the busy town centre car park.
Cheshire County Council, Kickstart Scheme Bus Service Improvements
An innovative partnership between the County Council and the bus operator Arriva has:
- improved bus travel on the Crewe-Leighton Hospital-Winsford-Northwich corridor
- increased the patronage at Leighton Hospital
- provided a state of the art fleet of low floor buses which are fully accessible
- introduced wider network and infrastructure improvements
- and received positive feedback from passengers on the route.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Barnsley Interchange
Barnsley Interchange has rationalised, revitalised and showcased bus services travelling to and from Barnsley. The three old bus stations that previously served the town have been replaced by one superb interchange, offering the facilities that bus passengers can expect of any modern public facility, in a building that gives bus passengers a very different experience to that of a conventional bus station.
Who could be nominated?
Entries were welcomed from transport authorities and bus operators working separately or together to achieve overall benefits for the community.
… and by whom?
Nominations were accepted from any of the eligible organisations, and self-nomination was acceptable.
Criteria and Entry Requirements
Entries were judged on the overall quality of the submissions, which were required to:
- Describe the degree of co-operation and consultation which took place between the highway authority and local bus operator(s)
- Show that the criteria adopted by the highway authority included the extent of road space reallocation in favour of the bus.
- Show that the project took a comprehensive approach to important bus corridor(s).
- Describe the arrangements made for the enforcement of bus priorities
- Describe the arrangements made for infrastructure maintenance
- Show the extent to which the project and its arrangements were based on common sense and best practice.
- Demonstrate that the scheme is in operation, and has been for a sufficient period of time to allow the outcomes to be monitored.
- Evidence of outcome against projections MUST be provided.State whether the results are likely to be sustainable
- Describe any future plans for further development.
- Include any relevant supporting material.