The city council’s transport team picked up the top award at the National Transport Awards in Manchester on Thursday 15th July.
Brighton & Hove City Council won the Transport Authority of the Year award for demonstrating excellence, innovation and progress.
Organisers of the awards put forward the council for the Transport Authority of the Year category and judges visited the city in May.
They were impressed by how the council’s policies actively promote bus use combined with innovation in promoting travel choice. Brighton & Hove’s transport team works with employers to provide travel options for employees and supports car clubs by providing free parking spaces. They have developed a local website - Journey On where residents and visitors can plan journeys and get information on the latest innovations.
Brighton & Hove has taken on powers for bus lane enforcement, allowing over 3,000 buses to run to a more accurate timetable. The city had the first bus fleet in the country to be 100% equipped with satellite tracking. A link to the city’s traffic light software gives priority to late running buses at main junctions.
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, Brighton & Hove’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This was a well-deserved award for a team that is dedicated to providing good quality transport choices for local people and visitors. This is big morale boost for the staff who give excellent service at a time when public resources are limited.”
A package of measures to encourage cycling in the city, including 'advanced stop lines' to give cyclists priority at traffic lights, cycle training in schools, a Bike Club for young people, extra cycle parking spaces, and special events such as Bike Week have seen cycling in the city increase by 27% since 2006.
Brighton & Hove was ‘highly commended’ for cycling improvements in the city.
Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond said: "The National Transport Awards are all about celebrating excellence and achievement in the transport world. "The nominations’ short list for this year shows this is an industry that abounds with talent, innovation and enthusiasm. I would like to pay tribute to the winners for the work that they do and the difference they make. With their dedication harnessed to the full, we can make our vision of a world-class British transport system a reality."
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