Ealing Council has this year been shortlisted for two London Transport Awards.
The council is in the running in the Most Improved Transport Borough category and the Achievements in Cycling category. Results will be announced at a ceremony on 28 April 2011.
This recognition is down to various successes in the past year. In 2010 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 proven to be popular and has resulted in a 12% decrease in the amount of children travelling by car, compared to a London average decrease of 6.5%. Road safety is also much improved in the borough with a 5% reduction in casualties in the last 12 months.
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 fact that we have been short-listed in two categories shows that our innovative projects make us stand out and have delivered real results. I’d like to congratulate and thank the team at Ealing for their hard work in bringing about these achievements and look forward to the award winners being announced in April.”
The London Transport Awards are about recognising excellence in transport, rewarding innovation and progress for transport initiatives which are really working.
You can find out more information on transport in Ealing.
Further information on the London Transport Awards.