buggyThe Sutton shopper shuttle service has been shortlisted for the 2016 national Business Improvement Districts (BID) Awards, which celebrates projects that improve commercial areas and high streets in Britain.

The nomination is in the Small Location – Place Management category and the free-to-use shuttle service is up against two other BIDs.

The shuttle service, which helps shoppers travel up and down Sutton High Street, started as a pilot scheme in 2013. Due to its popularity it is now a permanent mode of transport for some shoppers, particularly elderly people, in the town centre.

The shuttle transports several shoppers at a time to destinations along the High Street and has proved popular with shoppers who are put off walking its 1.4km (0.9 mile) length.

The shopper shuttle was created by Successful Sutton, an independent, non-profit organisation funded by local businesses to make Sutton town centre a better place for people to live, work, shop and do business in.

Ross Feeney, Chief Executive of Successful Sutton, said:

“At Successful Sutton we are very happy about the positive impact the shuttle has had on the High Street. This nomination is the icing on the cake for all of our hard work.

“We are very proud that we have encouraged people to use their local shops and not worry about getting around. I would like to thank everyone at Successful Sutton for all the hard work they put in and encourage everyone who uses the service to vote for us on 31 October.”

Voting begins on 31 October. People have one week to cast their vote for their favourite BID Award via the British BIDs website.

The winners will be announced on 10 November.