At the ceremony on Thursday, 3 March, Ealing won Most Effective Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement Project for its work to redesign the junction of Old Oak Common and Atlas Road in Park Royal. Following consultation with residents and road users the traffic intersection was completely redesigned, taking out a set of traffic lights, widening footways, installing new pedestrian crossings and a mini-roundabout. The improvements not only improved traffic flows, but increased the number of pedestrians using the junction. A year on there had been no reported accidents at the junction and 98% of people felt the new design was safer.
Ealing also won the award for Excellence in Cycling and Walking for the Southall Broadway Boulevard scheme, which saw the town centre redesigned to encourage people out of their cars and improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The scheme involved widening the footways, reducing the road width, removing clutter and making the road friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists. Results so far show a marked improvement in safety, with a 32% reduction in collisions where people are injured and a 39% reduction in the overall number of casualties.
The borough was highly commended for its work to develop the new incline lift at Greenford Station in the Most Innovative Transport Project category. The council worked with TfL to install the lift, which is the first of its kind in London, to make the station more accessible to people with disabilities, older people and those with young children in pushchairs.
The leader of Ealing Council’s work as chair of London Councils’ transport and environment committee was also recognised with the Outstanding Contribution to Local Transport in London award. Councillor Julian Bell has been chair of London Councils’ transport and environment committee since July 2014. Under his stewardship, the committee has managed the renewal of more than a million freedom passes and helped secure £13m of funding from central government to increase the uptake of low emissions vehicles across the city. An ardent cyclist, he has worked tirelessly to promote two-wheeled transport in London and is a staunch advocate for improving air quality in the capital.
Councillor Bell said: “I am extremely proud to be honoured in this way for my work in an area about which I am so passionate. I have the pleasure of working with so many talented and knowledgeable people and I would like to thank them for all their support.
“I look forward to what London local government can achieve in improving the city’s transport infrastructure in the future, and how we can all work together to reduce its impact on our health and the environment.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Road safety is a real passion of mine and one of the reasons I got into politics. I am proud that we are transforming the borough by focussing on critical issues like improving road safety, encouraging walking and cycling, and making public transport more accessible. I’m absolutely delighted we’ve received this recognition for our tireless efforts to improve transport for our residents, further building on our award last year as best transport authority in the country.”