Blackpool Transport have scooped the Public Transport Operator of the Year award at the recent North of England Transport Awards in Leeds.
Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Thursday 30 November, the Annual North of England Transport Awards are about bringing the industry together to celebrate its achievements in providing efficient, high-quality transport services across the region.
The awards aim to recognise and encourage innovation and excellence and help disseminate the very best practice throughout the North of England.
Blackpool Transport’s award for ‘Combining the best of bus and tram services’ beat off competition from Arriva North West, First TransPennine Express, Merseyrail, Nexus and Stagecoach; a testament to the highly competitive award category.
This isn’t the only award win for Blackpool Transport in 2017 either, having won ‘Vision of the Year’ at the Global Light Rail Awards on 4th October 2017.
Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport said “It’s a very exciting time in Blackpool at the moment. We’ve invested heavily over the past 3 years in order to provide the most technologically advanced buses available and our customers are really seeing the benefits. Recognition for the award also goes to Blackpool Borough Council who have supported the investment in the transport infrastructure of the town.”
Jane added “By 2020 Blackpool will have no bus older than 5 years, along with an integrated tram network and mainline trains arriving direct to Blackpool North Station. The benefits to the resort will be huge and I’m really excited to be a part of it all”.
Plans to extend the world famous Tramway to provide a truly integrated transport model have now received Government approval and work is planned for completion by July 2019.