Westminster had a successful evening at the London Transport Awards on Thursday 2nd March. Cllr Heather Acton, a Westminster Council Cabinet Member, received an award for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Local Transport in London’.
The council’s work to introduce volunteer air marshals and engine idling campaign days was highly commended in the “Excellence in Travel Information and Marketing” category, whilst the Baker Street Quarter Partnership won ‘Transport Team/Partnership of the Year’ for their work on smarter deliveries and recycling.
The event was a celebration of the work of the London boroughs and staff at Transport for London (TfL) and across the transport services who keep the capital moving. It was hosted by Channel 4 News presenter, Cathy Newman, at the Riverbank Park Plaza.
London Transport Awards judge, Nick Lester-Davis, said: “Heather Acton received an award because she has shown an amazing mix of pragmatism and forward thinking in terms of developments in transport in Westminster.” He commended Cllr Acton’s work with a Westminster based electric car sharing project, which saw Zipcar introducing electric VW Golfs.
Westminster's anti-engine idling days look to combat the pollution generated by high volumes of traffic, particularly outside schools and hospitals in the borough. Marshalls have spoken to over 9,000 motorists to date, asking them to switch their engines off while stationary and 145 of the city’s ambulance drivers received training about the impact of air pollution on their own health, as well as their patients.
Cllr Heather Acton said: “I am really honoured to be recognised for our great team work in tackling air pollution, encouraging active travel and keeping people in Westminster as safe and healthy as we can.”
Cllr Nickie Aiken, the Leader of the council, said: “I am delighted to see my colleague receiving recognition for all her hard work promoting better air quality in the borough. This is also a great achievement for the committed team of partners and volunteers, who have begun to tackle the blight of engine idling on the city’s streets. Cllr David Harvey, as the new cabinet lead for the environment, and I will now be looking to build on these fantastic foundations with a broader #Dontbeidle campaign, to tackle the issue head on.”