Exhibition Road wins again

23 March 2012

The kerb-free, single surface Exhibition Road was recognised as a success last night (Wednesday March 21) when it won the London Transport Award for `Excellence in Walking and Public Realm'.

This is the second award for Exhibition Road in a matter of weeks. Earlier this month the Institute of Civil Engineers named it the winner of its Community Award category, which recognises projects that improve public space and enhance the living and working environment for the local community.

In clinching another prestigious award for Exhibition Road, the Royal Borough saw off competition from seven other short listed local authorities. The London Transport Awards are in their ninth year and are organised by the Transport Times.

Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, said: "It gives me great pleasure to hear that Exhibition Road has been recognised as an excellent public realm at the London Transport Awards.

"The project to transform the area was a lengthy one, but by thinking imaginatively about how the space could be used we have not only transformed the road but improved the quality of life for people living and working nearby and will offer the millions of visitors expected this year a welcoming and enjoyable experience."

The Royal Borough's former director of Transportation and Highways, Graeme Swinburne, was honoured at the ceremony receiving an award for `Lifetime Contribution to Transport in London'.

Mr Swinburne worked for the Council for 16 years. In 2006 he became joint director for Transportation and Highways for the Royal Borough and Hammersmith & Fulham. He retired in June last year.

For a full list of winners go to www.transporttimesevents.co.uk