Transport projects on awards shortlist

Three transport projects involving Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services department have been shortlisted for the National Transport Awards 2011, which take place in London in October.

The nominations for the awards, which recognise and reward excellence across the transport industry in the UK and Ireland, are the latest successes for the department’s high-profile projects, following successes in the Scottish Transport Awards earlier this year and previous shortlistings at national level in 2009 and 2010.

Motorcycle safety campaign Operation Zenith and ‘Bus Stop!’, a campaign designed to promote safety on school buses, have been shortlisted in the ‘Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement’ category. The third nomination is for a joint submission with Region Services Ltd, under the ‘Excellence in Technology’ category for use of the latest technology to deliver transport information.

Operation Zenith was 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 poor behaviours and related offences and has enjoyed success by improving motorcycle collision statistics since its launch. It was recognised for the Best Transport Team/Partnership of the Year award at the 2011 Scottish Transport Awards.

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.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr 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.

“I would like to congratulate staff on this achievement and I hope we will be successful at the awards ceremony in October.”