Published 26 July 2011
Ealing Council is in the running for a national transport award for Most Improved Transport Local Authority.
Ealing is up against Plymouth City Council for the award, organised by the Transport Times, which is given to a local authority that can demonstrate a significant improvement in performance over the last three years. The award winners will be announced in October.
At the end of April, Ealing Council was awarded most improved transport borough in London by the Transport Times.
This recognition was because of progress in a range of areas, which included:
- Cycling investment has risen by 30% over the last 3 year
- Ealing has shown innovation and tangible results with its congestion relief programme with average queue lengths decreasing by two-thirds at two experimental junctions
- More than doubled the councils car club spaces acrsss the borough from 35 to 77 spaces
- 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.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: Im absolutely delighted that we have now been shortlisted for a national award for most improved transport local authority. Our innovative projects and the results these have had have obviously made Ealing stand out against local authorities across the country. I also want to congratulate the transport team, whose quality is recognised in achieving this shortlisting. I look forward to finding out the results of these awards in October.
The National Transport Awards are about recognising excellence in transport, rewarding innovation and progress for transport initiatives that are really working.