National transport prize for Southwark

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 6 November 2018, 3:19 pm

Southwark Council took home the top prize at this year's National Transport Awards in October 2018, fighting off competition from Waltham Forest, Aberdeenshire and Gateshead Councils.

The Transport Local Authority of the Year award was presented at a ceremony in October at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, which was hosted by broadcaster and presenter Jeremy Vine, and attended by more than 600 transport professionals.

Southwark Council and Transport for London are investing over £30 million in cycling infrastructure to 2020, in order to meet the council's target to more than double the level of cycling in Southwark, over the next ten years. This would add more than 40,000 additional trips by bike, every day.

Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for environment, transport management and air quality, said: "Our highways team works closely with communities across Southwark, making our roads safer, more attractive and open to a number of different users. It is wonderful to see them gain this esteemed recognition of their past successes and innovative future plans."

The award came on the same day as the latest section of TfL’s London wide Quietway cycle network opened in Southwark. Quietway 14 runs from Blackfriars Road to Tower Bridge Road, making use of back streets.