Partnership transport projects shortlisted for national awards

Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Service is involved in three partnership projects shortlisted in the National Transport Awards 2011.

The latest recognition follows successes in the Scottish Transport Awards earlier this year and previous shortlistings at a national level in 2009 and 2010.

Two campaigns, Operation Zenith and Bus Stop!, have been shortlisted in the Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement category. The third is a joint submission with RSL (Region Services Limited) under the Excellence in Technology category for use of the latest technology to deliver transport information.

Operation Zenith, launched in April 2010 by Road Safety Grampian, a partnership between Grampian Police and Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, with support from Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, and Moray Councils. It seeks to educate motorcyclists by actively targeting behaviours and related offences and has enjoyed success by improving motorcycle collision statistics since its launch.

Just last month, the campaign was recognised for the Best Transport Team/Partnership of the Year award, at the Scottish Transport Awards 2011.

Bus Stop! is an Aberdeenshire Council project taken forward with support from Stagecoach Bluebird and Talisman Energy (UK) Limited in conjunction with the range of authorities and agencies involved in promoting safety on school buses. The emphasis of Bus Stop! is to help young people understand the potentially fatal consequence of switching off, even for just one second, while crossing the road.

The shortlisted projects will find out how they compare to those in other local authorities nationwide at an awards ceremony in October.

Now in their 11th year, the National Transport Awards recognise and reward excellence across the transport industry in the UK and Ireland.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), Peter Argyle, said: “The National Transport Awards are a prestigious event and I am delighted that our submissions have made it to the shortlist in their respective categories.

“This is testament to our continued commitment to delivering excellent services, especially as it comes on the on the back of our recent success at the Scottish Transport Awards.

“We have continued to receive good feedback about our safety initiatives, Bus Stop! and Operation Zenith, and the joint recognition for Excellence in Technology underlines the importance of good partnerships in achieving our vision of being the best council in Scotland. I would like to congratulate staff on this achievement and I hope we will be successful at the awards ceremony in October.”