Seaford Head School in East Sussex won this year’s Transport Planning Society’s People’s Award.

The school involved Year 8 students, school governors and the walking charity Living Streets to develop maps of the easiest and safest routes to school.

The awards were given out on Transport Planning Day on 20 November, run by the Transport Planning Society, to highlight good practice in putting people at the heart of transport plans.

Eleanor Togut, Project Coordinator, Living Streets, from the Seaford Active Travel Map project said:

“Often students starting secondary school have little experience of managing their own journeys. This contributes to a number of students getting dropped off by parents or carers as they go through secondary school. Older students, like those nominated for the People’s Award, can really help to build confidence in younger pupils to travel independently and sustainably.

“This group of enthusiastic pupils have worked really hard to produce this resource and I’m sure it’s going to help so many of their peers."

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Stephen Joseph, transport policy expert and Chair of the judges of the People’s Award, said:

“We received entries from communities across the country, and each nomination demonstrated that their scheme had been developed with the community and had made a positive impact both to the local economy and to residents’ quality of life. This is incredibly important at a time when we must find practical ways to help people away from car dependency."

“We’re delighted to be able to recognise Seaford’s Active Travel Maps vision and all their hard work, from students, teachers and the charity Living Streets.”

Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Victoria Hills, said:

“Planners play such an important early role in creating successful, sustainable places in urban and rural areas, linked to public transport and amenities.

“Transport planning day is an opportunity to celebrate their contributions across the country and I am delighted the People’s Award celebrates the important role that younger generations have to play in placemaking”.

The People’s Award judges also praised as highly commended Plymouth’s Plymotion: Personalised Travel Planning scheme, which offers incentives and travel advice to encourage residents to try greener, cheaper and healthier ways of getting from A to B. ‘The Deepings Green Walk’ in Lincolnshire also received a highly commended award for their work, after being nominated by The Ramblers. The Green Walk aims to join up local facilities by providing safe, accessible and attractive footpaths.

 

Transport Planning Day is a great way for us to recognise that when good transport planning and strong community engagement combine, they deliver lasting benefits to society, including greener, cleaner and healthier places. Seaford Active Travel Maps has made a genuine contribution to improving children’s wellbeing on their journey to school and were a worthy winner of this year’s People’s Award.

Stephen Bennett, Chair of the Transport Planning Society
Award winners

The first ever Transport for New Homes Award was also announced on Transport Planning Day and jointly awarded to the Bath Riverside development in Somerset and Royal Arsenal Riverside development in Woolwich, London.

The award recognises recent housing developments that have been located and designed so that residents do not need cars to live a full life. From the submissions received it is clear that there are now a number of developments seeking to achieve this situation.

The winners were announced at the annual Transport Planning Day event, hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which brought together transport planners and community groups for a discussion about good practice in community engagement in transport planning and sustainable transport initiatives.  

The Transport Planning Society run Transport Planning Day with support from Jacobs, AECOM, Mott MacDonald, Arup, WSP, Stantec and Steer.

East Sussex County Council funded the work with Living Streets through their Active Access for Growth (AAfG) programme.