One of the leading figures in London local transport has been recognised at the London Transport Awards.
Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Transport in London.
Cllr Bell said: “I am extremely proud to be honoured in this way for my work in an area about which I am so passionate.
“I have the pleasure of working with so many talented and knowledgeable people and I would like to thank them for all their support.
“I look forward to what London local government can achieve in improving the city’s transport infrastructure in the future, and how we can all work together to reduce its impact on our health and the environment.”
Cllr Bell has been chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee since July 2014. Under his stewardship, the committee has managed the renewal of more than a million Freedom Passes and helped secure £13 million of funding from central government to increase the uptake of low emissions vehicles across the city.
An ardent cyclist, Cllr Bell has worked tirelessly to promote two-wheeled transport in London and is a staunch advocate for improving air quality in the capital. He was elected to Ealing Council in 2002 and has been leader since 2010.
The London Transport Awards were presented at the Lancaster Hotel in central London, following a keynote speech by Mike Brown, Transport for London Commissioner.
Notes to editor
- London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) has statutory responsibility for a range of services including Freedom Pass, Taxicard, parking and traffic appeals, and the London Lorry Control Scheme.
- TEC aims to ensure that London boroughs' concerns and best practice are taken into account in the development and implementation of transport and environment policies generated by government departments, the European Union and the Mayor of London.
- The committee deals with a wide array of issues, including congestion charging, CCTV camera traffic enforcement, waste, air quality, and public protection.