Southwark named transport borough of the year

The ‘most inspiring projects and organisations’ from across London’s transport network were honoured at the London Transport Awards on 1 March.

The annual event was hosted by Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s former managing director of surface transport, who himself received the ‘Lifetime Contribution to Local Transport in London’ accolade.

The main award, Transport Borough of the Year, went to the London Borough of Southwark – recognising improvements in road safety, cycle infrastructure, road condition, carbon reduction and number of cycling collisions.

Judges were particularly impressed by the introduction of a more integrated cycle network, including the opening of Quietway 1 (Q1) and ongoing construction of Q7 and Q14. Oxley Close, part of Q1, saw a 76% increase in the number of cyclists.

The London Borough of Newham picked up the ‘Most Effective Road Safety, Traffic Management & Enforcement’ award, for the Manor Park Station public realm and interchange improvement scheme.

The ‘Excellence in Cycling and Walking’ award was received by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (alongside Be First Regeneration Ltd and Sustrans) for the Marks Gate DIY streets project.

Valerie Shawcross, London’s deputy mayor for transport, said:

“I’d like to congratulate the winners on their well-deserved awards and pay tribute to all of those who have worked so hard across London’s transport network in the last year.

“We’ve made great strides in delivering a more affordable, green and accessible network, and real progress towards the opening of the Elizabeth line later this year.

“The delivery of the new line will be a hugely significant moment for our transport network and play a vital role in the implementation of the Mayor’s transport strategy, which is putting walking, cycling and zero-emission public transport right at the heart of our day-to-day lives.”

07 March 2018