Hounslow has been crowned the “Transport Borough of the Year” at a set of awards endored by Transport for London, with Ealing, Brent, and BAA also recognised.
London Borough of Hounslow has picked up the top award for Transport Borough of the Year at the 2011 London Transport Awards. The Award for “most improved transport borough” award went to Ealing.
Transport borough of the year, Hounslow, Winner of the ‘Most Improved Transport Borough’ in 2008, “has gone from strength to strength implementing large numbers of major schemes for bus priority, cycling and walking all with tangible results”, said the judges.
Most improved transport borough Ealing, was recognised for “progress across a wide range of policy areas” – cycling investment has risen by 30% over the last 3 years, training facilities have been expanded by 40% and it has been awarded ‘Biking Borough’ status. The judges felt it has shown innovation and tangible results with its congestion relief programme, with efforts in smarter travel has resulting in a 44% rise in cyclists since 2007 and an 18% increase in public transport use overall. The number of pupils being driven to school has decreased by 12% and walking to school has increased by nearly 6.5%. The last year has seen a 5% reduction in total road casualties.
The London Transport Awards, in association with Transport Times magazine, were judged by Transport Times publisher Professor David Begg, Chair of the Judging panel and publisher of Transport Times; Janet Cooke, Chief Executive, London Travel Watch; Nick Lester, Director of Transport, Environment and Planning, London Councils and Elsie Owusu OBE, Principal Partner of Fielden & Mawson.
Peter Hendy OBE, Transport Commissioner, Transport for London said: “Every day, TfL staff, our contractors, London’s boroughs and our other partners are working hard to meet these challenges. I strongly support these Awards and their role in marking the many achievements, and the ongoing commitment of the transport industry to keeping this great city moving.”
Brent were Highly Comended in the “Most Effective Road Safety, Traffic Management & Enforcement Project” category, and in “Most Innovative Transport Project”; while BAA Heathrow won the “Excellence in Travel Information & Marketing”, category.