London Transport Awards mark 11th year on March 6

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The awards were quite quiet for London’s buses, which saw little recognition beyond recent technological developments
The awards were quite quiet for London’s buses, which saw little recognition beyond recent technological developments

The 11th annual London Transport Awards took place on Thursday, March 6.

Hosted by radio & television presenter Gyles Brandreth, the awards saw 500 transport professionals gather at the ceremony held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London.

Winner of transport borough of the year, Hackney, has enhanced its tradition for innovation in cycling with further advances in cycle parking and monitoring progress through cycle counters and apps.

Public Transport Operator of the Year was awarded to Greater Anglia for delivering significant improvements and a very high standard of service across all aspects of its operations in the first 18 months of its franchise. Three special individual awards were given out on the night. Outstanding Contribution to Transport across London was awarded to Dave Ward for his work as Olympic Delivery Director at Network Rail. Martin Low, City Commissioner of Transport at Westminster City Council picked up Outstanding Contribution to Local Transport for his ‘profound impact on transport in London over the past 30 years.’ The final individual award nominated by the judges went to the recently retired John Cartledge, who received the Lifetime Contribution to Transport in London.

The judges felt there were two outstanding nominees for the Frontline Employee of the year award who both deserved recognition for their ability to keep calm in exceptional situations. The winners were Amy Nicholson, Revenue Protection Inspector for Transport for London (TfL) and Paul Elliot, Train Driver for LOROL.

The London Transport Awards were judged by Professor David Begg, Chairman of the Judging panel and CEO of Transport Times; Janet Cooke, CEO, London Travel Watch; Nick Lester, Corporate Director – Services, London Councils and Valerie Shawcross, Chair of the Transport Committee at the GLA.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Transport Commissioner for TfL, said: “All of us who work in the transport industry can be proud of our role in keeping London working, growing and making life here better.

“Despite a tough spending round earlier this year, we are continuing to improve service provision and plan for the future of a city that is the economic engine of the entire country.

“The benefits of this across the nation and to our UK wide supply chain are central in supporting the country’s economic recovery.”

Some of the highlights for bus services include:

  • Most Innovative Transport Project
  • Highly Commended: TfL and Barclaycard – Acceptance of contactless payment cards on London Buses
  • Contribution to Sustainable Transport
  • Winners: Eminox – Upgrading London buses to improve emissions
  • Excellence in Technology.