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Haringey shortlisted for ‘Transport Borough of the Year’

Publication date: Wednesday 14 December 2011

Haringey Council has been nominated as the Transport Borough of the Year by a national trade magazine, the Transport Times.

The nomination follows the Sustainable Transport Team's groundbreaking work to improve safety and ease congestions and pollution in the borough as well as to promote behaviour change among residents to more sustainable means of travel.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Nilgun Canver, said:

It's great to get some recognition for the dedicated work of the transport team. We have tried to make it possible for residents to ditch the car at certain times and use public transport, cycles or to walk safely to their destination.

We are keen to cut congestion and promote smarter travel by improving sustainable transport access to town centres, key amenities and employment areas. We hope to cut CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 and this shapes all our highways' works and traffic management.

Key schemes include:

  • School Travel planning which has resulted in 100 per cent of Haringey schools now having a travel plan and 78% of children travel to school by sustainable modes
  • expansion of the Car Club scheme which encourages car owners to trade in their vehicle and sign up to share cars
  • a diagonal crossing and access improvements outside Wood Green Station and cycle hubs
  • an innovative community led neighbourhood improvement scheme, the DIY Streets project, to  reduce traffic speeds and through traffic in the Turnpike Lane area
  • investing in road safety schemes, school travel plans and traffic calming borough wide and achieving a 51% reduction in KSI accidents
  • introducing Controlled Parking Zones to manage competing pressures for limited parking
  • 'Stop and Shop' and incentive schemes to encourage a greater turnover at shopping hubs
  • smarter travel initiatives such as cycle hubs, cycle super highways, car free festival events, 'walk to work' week, 'bike week' and walk to school initiatives
  • cycle parking, training and bike maintenance initiatives and Greenways routes for traffic free cycling

The council is working on an extensive network of sustainable transport options, improving accessibility for all, and encouraging behavioural change.

These schemes will improve road safety, ease parking congestion, reducing carbon emissions, tackle health and deprivation inequalities and improve sustainable transport access to town centres, key amenities and employment areas.

  • The awards ceremony takes place in March 2012

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I guess they never get the W3!

Travel plan?

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