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Councillor Chris Greaves, West
Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority Chairman, accompanied by
Mick Lyons, PTA Shadow Chairman, was delighted when Metro picked up
'Passenger Transport Authority of the Year' for an
unprecedented fourth time at last night's 'National Transport
Awards' in London.
"Passengers in West
Yorkshire have benefited from the ongoing roll out of the
yournextbus real-time information system, and the introduction of
hugely popular Free Town and City buses in Huddersfield and
Wakefield, based upon the enormous success of Leeds FreeCityBus,"
said Cllr Greaves.
"Earlier this year the 150th
My Bus entered service marking the
completion of Metro's ground breaking Yellow Bus scheme. Two
thousand Year Six pupils from almost 60 West Yorkshire schools have
just completed our annual Junior SAFEMark training, and David
Blunkett and his Yellow School Bus Commission colleagues described
our award-winning My bus yellow bus
scheme - now transporting 9,000 pupils to and from 135 schools
every day - as 'excellent," continued Cllr Greaves.
"Other recent successes include the
development of a long-term Transport Vision for the Leeds City
Region, which contains proposals for rail improvements, including
greater capacity and further electrification, road developments,
new bus initiatives, the introduction of tram-trains and a
potential trolleybus-based network."
The updated Vision is due for
completion later this year when it will be presented to the
Department for Transport and Ministers as a key tool in enabling
the Leeds City Region to reach its full potential.
Cllr Lyons said "Metro has continued
to work with its many partners including bus and train operators to
improve the travel experience for the people of West Yorkshire and
to encourage more people onto the network".
"Metro was also the proud the
recipient of the Joe Clarke PTA of the Year Award in 2001, 2002,
and 2003," added Cllr Lyons.
"We are particularly proud to have won
PTA of the Year for a record-breaking fourth time, because it is
awarded by our colleagues in the transport industry," said
Councillor Greaves. "It is a tremendous tribute to the hard work of
Metro staff and the members of the Passenger Transport Authority,
in developing public transport in West Yorkshire and putting
"I can assure the people of West
Yorkshire that we will continue to strive on their behalf to
develop the high-quality public transport system they expect and
deserve," added Cllr Greaves.
Future plans include a new £11m
southern entrance for Leeds Rail Station to provide a vital link to
the fast-growing area to the south of the city centre, the
£28m roll-out of the Yorcard smartcard scheme (across the
whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region), currently being tested
in South Yorkshire, and the development of new stations on the rail
network including a £20m East Leeds Parkway with parking for