PRESS RELEASE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MIDNIGHT 14/06/12 SCOTTISH TRANSPORT AWARDS 2012 – WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The best of Scotland’s transport industry were honoured at the prestigious Scottish Transport Awards last night. The ceremony was held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Hosted by radio and television presenter Grant Stott, and now in their tenth year, the Awards recognise excellence, innovation and progress across all areas of transport.
The top award of the night, Scottish Transport Local Authority of the Year, was presented to Aberdeenshire Council. Aberdeenshire’s impressive, co-ordinated approach has achieved wide-ranging progress. The council’s work on road safety has helped to bring about the biggest ever reduction in casualty figures between 2010 and 2011. An approximate increase in cycling of 27% was recorded in Peterhead and of 113% in Westhill between 2010 and 2011 thanks largely to no excuse zones. 95% of Aberdeenshire’s 172 schools are engaged in the school travel planning process and 92% of council bus users remain satisfied with the overall service.
Scottish Public Transport Operator of the Year was won by ScotRail, who in the National Passenger Survey for autumn 2011 ScotRail outperformed the average for all UK train operators in 30 out of 33 categories. Overall customer satisfaction was up three points year on year to 89%, five points higher than the UK average for train operators and value for money scored 59%. FirstGroup’s franchise has been extended by three years to 2014.
Glasgow Airport were the winners in our newest category Airport of the Year. By focussing on the customer’s needs Glasgow Airport posted a return to passenger growth in 2011 for the first time since 2006. Almost seven million passengers travelled through the airport in 2011, representing an increase of 5.1% compared to the previous year.
The full list of winners and those who were highly commended is as follows:
Excellence in Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement Sponsored by FirstGroup
Fife Council – Working Together – Reducing Speed Casualties
Integrated Transport Project of the Year SPT – Greenock Bus Station
Best Practice in Travel to School and Work Schemes City of Edinburgh Council – I Bike in Edinburgh
Achievements in Cycling
Cycling Scotland – freshnlo Pedal for Scotland