July 14, 2008

Airport Bus Up for Two Awards

The bus service operated by East Midlands Airport, which serves Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, has been short-listed for two awards.

The Castle Donington airport's Skylink bus network has been nominated in two categories of the National Transport Awards 2008.

The East Midlands Airport Bus Partnership, consisting of the airport, six neighbouring county and city local authorities and four bus operators, has been nominated for the Transport Team and Partnership of the Year award.

There were more than 50 entries in this category, with seven making the short list, including airport bus partnerships at Gatwick and Stansted.

The Skylink project has also been short-listed for the Travel Information and Marketing Award, for its strategic approach to boost passenger numbers by 44 per cent in the last 12 months.

The project was chosen from around 40 submissions and is one of eight on the short list, which also includes Centro, Stagecoach and First South.

Kelly McHugh, head of bus marketing at East Midlands Airport, said: "To be nominated for these two awards is a great achievement. The National Transport Awards acknowledge the innovation and progress of transport initiatives and we are delighted that all our hard work has been recognised."

The winners will be announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in London.

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