Despite being a small council with no political majority and little money Brighton & Hove is officially 'Transport Authority of the Year.' It has just received the biggest transport industry award in the country from the Centre for Transport.
The city was short-listed along with West Sussex County, Reading and Nottingham councils but was chosen for its excellence in partnership working and transport management.
Key factors that were highlighted by the awarding body were the strong political leadership and cross-party working, innovative and enthusiastic staff, excellence in partnership working, the responsiveness to local residents, workers and residents, and the ability to deliver on an ambitious transport programme.
Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of the environment committee, said, "To receive national recognition for transport is a fantastic achievement. It reflects the council's outstanding record for providing transport innovations such as 'real-time' information for bus services and a travel website that was a first in Europe.
"The council can be proud of the way transport staff, councillors, Brighton & Hove Bus Company, local transport groups and businesses are working for improvements to transport infrastructure and services in the city."
Since 2000 the city has seen:
- Pedestrians increase by 10%
- Cycling trips increase by 47.3%
- Car traffic reduce by 10.5%
- Bus passengers increase by 14.2%
- People's satisfaction with bus services increase by 24% to 80%
- People's satisfaction with transport information increase by 23% to 74%
- Road casualties (people killed or seriously injured) reduce by 43%
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Having won this highest accolade surely it is incumbent upon Brighton & Hove to go forward and build a modern fully integrated transport system that incorporates Park & Ride and Rapid Transit systems.
It is already an embarrassment that Brighton & Hove, as a young vibrant city with a strong Green lobby, does not have a decent Park & Ride facility. As Transport Authority of the Year Brighton should be leading in this area but instead it is lagging behind.
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