'Winning these prizes at the National Transport Awards is particularly satisfying,' said cllr Lyons, 'because we are being judged by our peers within the industry.'
'We subsidise bus services not offered by private operators, fund local MetroTrain services, provide a travel advice service, run passenger facilities such as bus stations, operate the AcessBus services for disabled passengers, manage prepaid tickets and concessionary fares schemes and lead transport
development across the county.'
West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority was also nominated as a finalist for the Rural Services category at the Awards.
'Developing rural services is obviously a key part of Metro's role in coordinating public transport in West Yorkshire and we have an excellent team which has come up with innovative schemes providing vital lifelines to rural communities,' said Cllr Lyons.
Working with partner organisations such as town and parish councils and the Countryside Commission, Metro's rural transport team has developed services using standard buses and minibuses to serve people in a broad range of outlying communities right across West Yorkshire. Innovations such as the introduction of a package delivery service, detours from the route to pick up passengers, and drivers being contactable by mobile phone, have ensured that these services meet passengers' needs and are therefore well used.