Ealing Council has been shortlisted for two London Transport Awards for their work on reducing congestion and increasing cycling in the Borough.
Ealing in shortlisted in the “Most Improved Transport Borough” and the “Achievements in Cycling” categories. The Council say this recognises that Ealing was the first London borough to run a pilot to cut down on congestion by removing traffic lights at two junctions and the first to produce tangible and positive results from this trial. School travel planning has also helped, having resulted in a 12% decrease in the amount of children travelling by car, compared to a London average decrease of 6.5%.
Cycling is a top priority for Ealing Council and in 2010, they were the first to develop a cycling strategy with ambitious short and long-term targets for cycling. Last year the borough also held the most successful Outer London Skyride which attracted 13,000 cyclists. Ealing has already won acclaim for its cycle training programme and is now recognised as one of the top five London boroughs for cycle training.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m delighted that we have been shortlisted for not one, but two of these prestigious awards. Transport is something that effects all residents of the borough, whether it be a daily commute or for a leisure pursuit. The good news is the number of residents concerned about travel and congestion is down according to the most recent residents’ survey. However we will continue to make improvements and target hot-spots, such as the Uxbridge Road Corridor.”
The London Transport Awards are about recognising excellence in transport, rewarding innovation and progress for transport initiatives which are really working.