‘Shire council nominated for transport awards

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.

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...”