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Interchange winners


The Integrated Transport Awards were the culmination of the Interchange event last week. Other winners included:

Small urban project Eccles Bus interchange Judges said the new bus station project by architect EGS Design had lifted the whole area of Eccles town centre. The new station is close to the Eccles terminus of Manchester Metro and cost just £750,000. It was backed by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and Salford City Council.

Small rural project Swinton interchange - Manvers shuttle South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive's new scheme provides reliable public transport at a very reasonable price.

Passenger numbers have increased from 1,500 a week two years ago to nearly 5,000 a week.

Each pays just 20p for a 6km journey with cash contributions from local employers subsidising the service.

Medium sized project Trumpington Road park and ride, Cambridge Cambridgeshire County Council's new facility is not just another park and ride scheme - according to judges it exudes quality. From just off the M11 at Junction 11, double deckers at 10 minute intervals carry passengers to the city centre and back, for £1.20. Stagecoach is the major operator.

Integrated transport innovation award Uni-link, Southampton Faced with inadequate public transport, Southampton University devised Uni-link to get students around its dispersed campus. An annual season ticket costs students £150. The 15 minute interval bus service travels around the campus, to the railway stations and to major supermarkets.

Integrated transport information award Local information displays, London Underground The new displays are a development of the traditional local maps that used to appear at Tube stations. A team of Tube staff visited every station and worked with staff to find the local attractions and facilities passengers most often asked the way to.

The UITP International Interchange Award Avenida de América Madrid's new Euro25M (£15.6M) interchange opened in January 2000 and links a new bus terminal, car parking, offices and retail areas to a Metro station. It has cut 7.5 minutes from each bus turnaround and stimulated a 30% increase in demand for bus and Metro travel.

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