Award nomination for Xplore Dundee and Safe Zone Bus

Xplore Dundee and the city’s Safe Zone Bus partnership have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The project is a finalist for this year’s UK Bus Awards, in the Bus and the Community category, which means it has been selected as one of the country’s finest examples of partnership community work. It’s the only Scottish operator to be shortlisted in this category.

The UK Bus Awards showcases the best of the country’s transport industry, and attracts a high calibre of entries each year. More than 40 independent experts judge the categories to select the very best operators and initiatives from more than 250 entries. 

Managing Director of Xplore Dundee Elsie Turbyne said: 

“I am really delighted our partnership with the Safe Zone Bus has been shortlisted at the UK Bus Awards – it’s something we’re very proud of, as it’s a valuable local resource which contributes to the safety of people on our city’s streets. 

“We all have our fingers firmly crossed that this project will walk away with the award in November, as this is an initiative which deserves recognition locally and across the UK.”

Dundee Safe Zone is a multi-agency partnership with Xplore Dundee, Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Dundee City Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Dundee Community Safety Team, Cair Scotland, the British Red Cross and Dundee Street Chaplains. 

The yellow single-decker provides a safe and welcoming place in Dundee city centre at the weekends for anyone who needs help of any kind, and is manned by volunteers and experts in health and social care. 

Xplore Dundee's involvement is practical; the bus is parked at the company's garage when it is not in use, providing a safe and secure area to store the bus and for volunteers to access it each weekend. The bus is also cleaned and monitored by the company’s cleaners and engineers, and various Xplore Dundee employees are volunteer drivers for the bus.

Eric Knox, Director of Tayside Council on Alcohol, which operates the Safe Zone Bus said: 

"Safe Zone Bus could not operate as effectively and as regularly as it does without the support of Xplore Dundee. The company's involvement has been crucial to our success this year and has literally helped to keep the bus on the road and serving the city centre community. 

"I am extremely grateful to Xplore Dundee for the practical help we receive, and it’s a real boost to know that the success of our partnership has been recognised by the bus industry.”

The UK Bus Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 23rd November. 

Published 21st October 2016