Pioneering projects to make it easy for everyone to travel by bus have won Brighton & Hove City Council a top national award.
Talking bus stops for the blind and visually impaired, a travel buddy scheme, and raised bus stops for wheelchair users were praised by judges at the UK Bus Awards.
The council beat competition from across the country to win the Claudia Flanders Memorial Award for Accessibility at the London ceremony. The council's Buses for All projects are solving practical, everyday problems for passengers with disabilities, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to travel by bus.
Judges were impressed with the wide range of measures introduced by the city council and said: "What Brighton & Hove has achieved should be an inspiration for other local authorities and operators to follow.
"This is all helping to make local bus services far more attractive and provides a real alternative to the car. Even though those with disabilities may represent comparatively small numbers, such initiatives as these are vital to them and, of course, they also bring benefits to all other bus users."
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the city council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award which is highly regarded in the industry.
"These projects are making a real difference to the lives of passengers who might otherwise find bus travel a challenge and we hope the success of the work in Brighton & Hove could lead to other areas introducing similar measures."
Talking bus stops have also been shortlisted for a local award next week, at the Digital Media Awards South, being held at All Saints Church, Hove on November 27. The project is in the running in the Sussex Community Internet Project category, Technology for Good.
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