Date: 12th October 2012
INSPIRING TRANSPORT PROJECTS REWARDED AT NATIONAL TRANSPORT AWARDS CEREMONY
The people making a real difference to transport across the country were recognised at the prestigious National Transport Awards in London last night, with Nottingham City Council picking up the top prize of Transport Local Authority of the Year while Transport for Greater Manchester won Integrated Transport Authority of the Year. Rail Operator of the Year was won by c2c while Bus Operator of the Year was awarded to Metrobus: Surrey, Sussex and Kent. The Olympics Transport Coordination Centre was honoured for its success with the Outstanding Contribution to Transport award and The Times received the Media Campaign of the Year Award for its Cities Fit for Cycling campaign. Birmingham Airport won Airport of the Year with Stansted receiving a commendation.
Hosted by radio and television presenter Jeremy Vine, the awards were a complete sell out with 600 transport professionals attending the ceremony at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel.
Transport Local Authority of the year Nottingham City is widely recognised for its excellent transport infrastructure and has seen a 13% rise in public transport passengers since 2003. Congestion has also been contained since 2005. Its Workplace Parking Levy was launched in April and will be used to invest in extensions of its tram.
Hampshire was named as Transport County of the Year. The Transport for South Hampshire partnership has been a strong mechanism for securing government funding and for implementing cross-boundary transport solutions. It has also been effective for working with government departments and agencies as well as with bus operators. Transport District/ Unitary of the Year went to East Riding for it’s innovative approach to both short and long term transport issues and for providing bespoke transport strategies for each of its 14 main population centres.
ITA of the Year Transport for Greater Manchester’s major policy innovations successfully implemented in recent years, such as its Greater Manchester Transport Fund, are allowing real progress to be made on key projects.
Media Campaign of the Year - The Times - have elevated the importance of cycling safety at all levels of government from national and devolved government, all the way down to local government. Their transport correspondent, Phillip Pank-himself a keen cyclist- has written countless stories and editorials which have painstakingly highlighted the dangers faced by cyclists on Britain's roads and the extent to which they are vulnerable. It took the critical injury to one of their colleagues, on her cycle to work, to motivate "The Times" to back one of the best campaigns the transport sector has ever seen.
The much coveted Rail Operator of the Year was won by C2C for it’s strong operational performance, good customer relationship building and excellent customer satisfaction ratings. Bus Operator of the Year was won by Metrobus for its excellent ridership growth by being responsive and flexible to local needs.
This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Transport award was awarded to The Olympics Transport Coordination Centre. They proved all the cynics and preachers of doom wrong. At a time when our transport system was tested like never before this team exceeded all expectations. The transport legacy that has been left from the Games has made London a better city.
Birmingham Airport won Airport of the Year, it is one of the best connected airports by rail in the country. Its £13m one-terminal project was completed last year which, together with its £33m runway extension project that started this year, will dramatically improve capacity.
New Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP handed over the Tom McCarthy Infrastructure Project of the Year award to Network Rail for the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station. This crucial redevelopment has transformed it into a 21st Century station, fully equipped to meet future passenger demand upward of 55 million people, while honouring the station’s Victorian history.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Good transport is vital – not just in helping us get around but also in driving economic growth, and central to an efficient transport network are the people who work day in day out to keep this country moving.
“These awards are a great opportunity to honour those within the sector who make all the difference, and I offer my warmest congratulations to them all.”
The full list of award winners and those who were highly commended is as follows:
Transport Local Authority of the Year sponsored by Atkins
Nottingham City Council
Transport City of the Year
Nottingham City Council
Transport County of the Year sponsored by RedRay Consulting
Hampshire County Council
Transport District/Unitary of the Year sponsored by Conway Aecom
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Integrated Transport Authority of the Year
Transport for Greater Manchester
Dedication to Access for All
SYPTE and DfT team
Improvements to Bus Services sponsored by National Express
Merseytravel – Merseyside Bus Board
West of England Councils - Greater Bristol Bus Network
Transport for Greater Manchester - Punctuality & Reliability Monitoring System and Code of Conduct
Achievements in Cycling
London Borough of Ealing - Direct Support for Cycling
Sheffield City Council in partnership with Get Cycling - Bikeboost
Road Safety, Traffic Management & Enforcement sponsored by FirstGroup Plc
Aberdeenshire Council - Improving Road Safety in Aberdeenshire
Excellence in Walking & Public Realm
Living Streets - Fitter for Walking Project
Rail Operator of the Year sponsored by Bombardier
Bus Operator of the Year sponsored by Amber Valley
Metrobus Surrey, Sussex and Kent
Rail Station of the Year
TfL, Green Park
Southern Railway, Balham
Lancashire County Council & Northern Rail, Accrington
Transport Consultant of the Year
Steer Davies Gleave
Airport of the Year
Contribution to Sustainable Transport sponsored by Heathrow Airport Ltd
Most Innovative Transport Project sponsored by Go-Ahead
Cambridgeshire County Council - Guided Busway
Mace and Transport for London, The Emirates Air Line
Excellence in Technology
TfL - Legible London Mapping database
Masabi, Atos and Chiltern Railways - mTicketing
Transport Team/Partnership of the Year
HMG, High Speed 2 and DfT team
Centro, Coventry Bus Network Partnership
London Underground, Asset Performance Directorate - Lifts & Escalators Refurbishment Team
Travel Information & Marketing
TfL - Travel Demand Management for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Traveline Scotland and Traffic Scotland - Traveline Scotland smartphone apps
Frontline Employee of the Year
Stephen Jessup-Peacock, c2c
Paul Studdart, Northern Rail
Corrine Dowden, Southern
Chris Mocko, Reading Buses
Derek Wright, First Cymru
Sylvia Rosewarn, Hampshire County Council
Jason Townsend, Blackburn Station - Northern Rail
Outstanding Contribution to Transport
Olympics Transport Coordination Centre
Media Campaign of the Year
The Times - Cities Fit For Cycling
Tom McCarthy Infrastructure Project of the Year sponsored by Bechtel
Kings Cross Station
Notes to editors:
Judging panel chaired by Professor David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times
- John Dowie, Director, Regional and Local Transport Policy, DfT
- Andy Southern, Managing Director of Transport and Planning, Atkins
- Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Passenger Focus
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