A BUS service covering Ellesmere Port, Neston and Chester has scooped an award.
Cheshire County Council and the ECT Group, which operates the PlusBus service, won the prize for Best Urban Community Transport Service 2008 at the Community Transport Awards ceremony.
The PlusBus service was introduced in October 2007, providing essential local transport for residents who are unable to use normal bus services because of a disability or mobility impairment. Its enjoyed a 39% increase in the number of passenger trips.
The service is provided with financial support from the county, city and borough councils, and is operated by a fleet of wheelchair-accessible minibuses.
Cheshire’s executive member for highways and transportation, Eveleigh Moore-Dutton, said: “Real winners of any successful service are the local people who enjoy and benefit from using it.
“However, it is a great achievement that the combined results of the three councils, working with the ECT Group, have received this prestigious national award.
“It is important to also recognise that it’s the positive attitude of the drivers and journey booking staff who make a real difference for PlusBus passengers.
“I pay tribute to our dedicated staff who have worked hard setting up new arrangements for the benefit of the people of Cheshire.”