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Prestigious national award for Smarter Travel Sutton - 29.06.09

A groundbreaking travel project run by Sutton Council and Transport for London (TfL) won a top national award in London on Thursday night.

The Smarter Travel Sutton initiative picked up the Sustainable Transport Strategy prize at the Municipal Journal (MJ) Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in local government.

The project is a £5m, three year partnership between the council and TfL to reduce car use and promote sustainable travel in the borough.

It's the now the third major accolade the project has picked up after Smarter Travel Sutton won the Travel Information and Marketing prize at the London Transport Awards in March. Cllr Colin Hall, the council's Executive Member for Environment and a leading figure in the project also won an award for his outstanding contribution to local transport in London.

Cllr Hall said:

"The MJ Awards celebrate the best of local government across the UK and this award is really special.

"It's a tribute to all the residents, schools and businesses who have backed Smarter Travel Sutton and shared our vision to change the way they travel around the borough.

"More people are cycling than ever before or using public transport instead of their cars. There's also been a big shift in the way people think about travel and a real desire to protect the environment and cut congestion on our roads.

"There's a lot more to come too. We will soon be talking to residents about major transport projects in places such as Wallington that will make walking, cycling and public transport the best way to travel in the borough."

Ben Plowden, Director of Integrated Programme Delivery for Transport for London, said:

"Smarter Travel Sutton has brought about real change in the way people travel in the borough, and I'm delighted that the success of the programme has been recognised nationally through the MJ Awards. 

"We're giving people the tools they need to make more sustainable travel choices for life – in the first two years, there has been an 85 per cent increase in cycling, a 13 per cent increase in bus use and a 2 per cent decrease in car use in Sutton.  With so much support from Sutton's residents and businesses I know we'll keep the momentum going and deliver even more impressive results in this final year of the programme."

Last updated: Monday, 29 June 2009

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