The HSBC Rail Business Awards (RBA) is calling for entries to a new category, Integrated Transport Excellence, for its 2009 awards.
Sponsored by the Association of Train Operating Companies, the inaugural Integrated Transport Excellence award aims to recognise the best contribution to improving the integration between the UK rail network and other modes of transport.
The award will be given to an initiative, developed in the last year, that has improved the provision of passenger information, integrated ticketing or interchange facilities at stations.
Alex Veitch, Integrated Transport Manager, ATOC, says: “We’ve launched this new category to reward the work of schemes and initiatives, around the country, which are improving the integration of different modes of transport, whether it be by train, bus, car, cycle or on foot. We hope the award will be a good opportunity to promote the schemes that are working, especially at county level, with a view to implementing them to a wider area.”
Giles Fearnley, Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, says: “When it comes to judging this new category some of the criteria we will be looking at is how the project or scheme improves the passenger experience, the implications it may have for businesses, the environmental impact and the potential for it to be rolled out on a larger scale.”
Veitch concludes: “The benefit to companies entering this new category is that it will highlight the benefits of integrating transport modes, to provide a seamless and reliable service to the passenger, and therefore encourage more people to use public transport.”
The HSBC Rail Business Awards has been running for 11 years and attracts an audience of over 800 senior railway personnel.
The deadline for entries is October 9, 2009.
The HSBC Rail Business Awards will take place on Thursday 11 February, 2010, at the London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE.