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Years of hard work to improve bus services in Peterborough have been recognised with Peterborough City Council’s passenger transport team being nominated for a prestigious industry award at the UK Bus Awards 2007.

It has been shortlisted for the BAA Heathrow Integration Award after achieving huge increases in bus usage in the city through partnership working with Stagecoach and the introduction of the Local Link service.

The city council-run service, which complements the commercial network, has filled the gap where previously there was a shortfall in bus services. The winner will be announced on November 7.

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“This is fantastic news,” said Councillor Graham Murphy, Cabinet member for Environment and Community Safety. “To be recognised in this way is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in passenger transport, which has helped provide residents with a real choice when it comes to sustainable transport. It also sends the message to the rest of the country that Peterborough is leading the way in providing a quality bus service.”

The revised Local Link network now comprises 11 routes all operating hail and ride sections, with all the new low-floor vehicles re-branded in an eye catching livery similar to those used by commercial operators. This transformation has seen a 51 per cent increase in users from 2005/06 to 2006/07.

Stagecoach has also made significant investment in low floor vehicles, ensuring a modern fleet now operates within Peterborough.

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach Cambridgeshire, said: “Peterborough City Council has been instrumental in our recent changes to the public transport network. Our award winning Citi network would not have been introduced without the pro-active approach of the transport team. The entire Citi network now offers low floor accessibility, which has helped us to achieve 30 per cent growth in three years.”

Teresa Wood, passenger transport team manager at the city council, added: “A significant increase in public transport passengers has been achieved in Peterborough, despite numbers going down nationally. This clearly shows more people are able to access public transport here and they are satisfied with the service we provide.

“Excellent results have been achieved in getting people to choose an alternative form of transport to the car in Peterborough thanks to the city council’s Travelchoice project. In targeted areas the number of people travelling by public transport has increased by 13 per cent, while car journeys have been reduced by the same amount.

“We are keen to sustain this rapid growth and intend to introduce further improvements in the future. However, being nominated for such a prestigious award confirms we are working well with our commercial partners and providing the people of Peterborough with one of the best services in the country. ”

September 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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