Travel Towns project helps council win accolade

Aberdeenshire Council's Woodhill House headquarters.
Aberdeenshire Council's Woodhill House headquarters.

Aberdeenshire Council has won the prestigious title of Transport Authority of the Year at the 2016 Scottish Transport Awards.

A previous winner of the accolade in 2008, 2009 and 2012, it is the first local authority to win the title on four occasions.

The council was shortlisted in an additional four categories and these projects were all recognised in the winning submission for Transport Authority of the Year.

Aberdeenshire’s Integrated Travel Towns (ITT) project is aimed at increasing the proportion of travel undertaken by sustainable modes.

In Ellon, improvements included the construction of a new foot and cycle bridge across the River Ythan and upgrading the path along the north bank, providing a safe route to the new Academy from the town centre.

A real time passenger information system for bus services went live in January providing live departure times, allowing customers to make more informed travel choices at the various stages of their journey.

The council’s engagement with customers through regular Area Bus Forums and through the annual Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey was also evidence that customers are at the heart of what the team does.

Efforts of road maintenance teams also ensure it is consistently among the top rated councils in the Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey.