Aberdeenshire Council’s transportation service is celebrating having been shortlisted in three categories for the 2013 Scottish Transport Awards.
The team, part of Infrastructure Services, have been announced as finalists in three categories of the prestigious awards, including:
• Local Authority of the Year;
• Excellence in Technology and Innovation;
• Achievements in Cycling.
The council submitted six bids to an expert panel earlier this year, and their shortlisting in the Local Authority of the Year award is the sixth consecutive year the council have made final consideration, having won the award in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
Aberdeenshire Council serves a population of almost 250,000 people over 2,500 square miles. The council maintains over 3300 miles of road across a diverse landscape – bringing continued challenges in the area.
However, the council have been recognised for initiatives to Keep Aberdeenshire Moving, which include strategic planning and working with other agencies for improvements in public transport.
The project designating Peterhead as a Cycle Demonstration Town is also in the running for an award. The five-year initiative aimed to identify and remove key barriers to cycling and work with community partners to allow the activity to flourish.
The implementation of smartphone app to carry real time passenger information has also been recognised. This includes the placement of QR codes at bus stops, allowing passengers the opportunity to find out key timetabling information at the touch of a button.
The Scottish Transport Awards, which are now in their eleventh year, showcase and celebrate the hard work of transportation officers throughout Scotland.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Chair of Infrastructure Services committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “These nominations show that Aberdeenshire Council are committed to taking an innovative approach to transport issues.
“These awards are the most illustrious in the country, and we are delighted to be in contention for three. Having won the Local Authority of the Year award in 2012, this nomination demonstrates that our officers continually to strive for industry excellence.
“This is a great credit to everyone in our transportation service, and it is great that the innovations being made by Aberdeenshire Council are being recognised on a national scale.”
Vice-chair of the committee, and Peterhead North and Rattray councillor, Alan Buchan, added: “It is great that these projects are being recognised. Innovations like the Smart Timetabling and better cycling infrastructure around Peterhead, serve to benefit the people of Aberdeenshire.
“I am delighted that the hard work of Aberdeenshire Council’s transportation service has been recognised, and we all look forward to hearing the announcement of the winners later this year.”
Award winners will be announced at the Scottish Transport Awards ceremony on Thursday 20 June in Glasgow.
For full details of the awards, visit Aberdeenshire Council online at: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/scottishtransportawards