Buzza Bus Runner Up In National Awards

The Council’s Electric Buzza Bus has gained a runner up position in a national awards ceremony.

The service for disabled or retired islanders was nominated in the Transport and Mobility Category of the Guardian Newspaper Public Service Awards.

The islands were shortlisted along with Sheffield and Staffordshire Councils. Staffordshire’s project won and our entry shared the runner up place.

Chairman of the Council’s Community Services Committee, Richard McCarthy, told us that he was a bit disappointed that the Buzza Bus service didn’t win the award. But he said being runner up in a national competition is still a pretty good result and reflects how popular the service is on St Mary’s, with its 200 regular customers.

The troubled bus has spent months off the road because of faults, but the Council say it has been given a clean bill of health after an overhaul by Allied Vehicles in Glasgow who adapted it for disabled use in the first place.

The eco-friendly bus is being road tested in the Truro and Penzance areas to make sure that it’s working before it’s loaded on to the Gry in early December. Space is said to be at a premium with no Scillonian at this time of year.