IMPROVEMENTS to the travel network in Deeside have been commended at a national awards ceremony.
Flintshire County Council was recognised in the annual Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport awards ceremony at Cardiff Civic Hall for the work it has carried out with partner agencies at Shotton Station.
The authority received a runner-up award in the Best Partnership Working category in recognition of its work alongside organisations including Arriva and regional transport consortium Taith.
Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a fantastic achievement, and one of which the council and its partners can be very proud.
“The improvements at Shotton Station have seen a continual increase in ticket sales every quarter. Achieving national recognition in these awards is a further mark of the scheme’s success.”
Flintshire was the only local authority in North Wales to be recognised.
Former Alyn and Deeside Lord Barry Jones officially opened the new-look station in November 2010 after 18 months of work, which included:
Automated ticket machines.
A ticket office revamp.
Path improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
Improved public transport information through an electronic display.
Cllr Tony Sharps, who was chairman of Taith when the project came to fruition, said: “I was proud to have secured the funding for the improvements for Shotton Station, which have meant a better travelling experience for the commuter and have ensured that Shotton is on the map as a safe and convenient place to travel from and to.”
Figures show ticket sales have gone up since the work was completed – with extra growth of 4.7% in the past six months.