Transport Planning Day People's Award


The people’s award – for you to win – enter by 17 August 2018

We transport planners seek to support and enrich people’s lives through well planned transport. But now we want to hear back from you about the difference that transport has actually made to your lives.

So we are offering awards to people, groups, campaigners, communities, Parish Councils, Town Councils etc. to submit nominations for transport projects that have made a significant difference to living in your locality, and to tell us how people’s day-to-day lives have been improved.

This could be something that has created new opportunities for travel, improved the environment, created nicer public space, made it easier to get around, improved the journey to school or the shops or made your area a better one in any other way. It could be a big or a small scheme – we will take that into account in judging the nominations.

If you know a scheme, a plan or a strategy worthy of nomination, read our guidelines on how to enter below. 

For the winners

Raise your profile on a wider stage and engage with politicians and professionals. Use this as a springboard to seek further change in your area.

A shortlist of potential winners will be drawn up and all those on the shortlist will be invited to an afternoon tea reception in Parliament hosted by Lilian Greenwood MP (Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee) on Thursday 10 October. 

The shortlist will then be invited to a special event at the Institution of Civil Engineers at Westminster on Tuesday 13 November to mark Transport Planning Day. A distinguished judging panel will reveal the overall winner and present the awards. (More information below.)

All those shortlisted will receive a certificate, will be featured on the Transport Planning Society website and in the Awards Ceremony brochure, and will be entitled to use our Transport Planning Day Campaign Finalist logo on your literature or website.

More widely, the awards will also be used to highlight the people behind the projects, and feature positive role models to inspire more young people to become aware of transport planning and choose it as a career. Your nomination could have a big influence on someone’s life.  

Read our press release here for more information.

The Awards Ceremony

An independent judging panel will select the finalists and the overall winner of the People’s Award.
We will announce the shortlist at an afternoon tea reception in Parliament hosted by Lilian Greenwood MP on 10 October. All shortlisted communities or individuals and those responsible for the project will receive VIP invites to the reception.
We will announce the winner of the People’s Award at Transport Planning Day at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on 13 November.
As well as being profiled at our Transport Planning Day events, we will feature all shortlisted communities on our website and in the awards brochure. Shortlisted entries will also receive certificates and ‘finalist’ logos for use in their publicity materials. 

How to enter

Please submit entries as a word document or pdf, answering the following questions in no more than 500 words:

  1. Why do you think this transport programme or scheme is good for your community?
  2. In what way(s) has the scheme / programme helped the community?
  3. Who has benefited most from the transport programme / scheme?
  4. Was the scheme/programme supported by the community?
  5. Who promoted the programme / scheme and made it happen?

Entries should include:

  • A title, one or two photos, and a map of the location
  • Groups or individuals can submit nominations, but please provide a key contact and their details with your nomination.

To enter, please complete the entry form and attach the 500 word summary.

The awards are open for entries until 17 August 2018.

Example Entry  For The People's Award 


Creative transport planning combined a need with an opportunity by converting the former X – Y railway trackbed to a combined cycling and pedestrian route. The last link in the route was the restoration of a historic railway viaduct and its inclusion in the route in 2015, costing £1.5m. Funding for the viaduct was by the local City Council, the local County Council, and Sustrans (via the DfT “Linking Places” fund).

The new link now forms part of a National Cycle Route and provides a 3km traffic-free route between the heart of X and the southern outskirts of the town. It has been a real boon for local residents as well as long distance cyclists. It is both a recreational and a transport facility. It is used for cycle commuting from nearby villages enabling cyclists to enter the city away from trafficked roads. It is used by leisure cyclists, runners, joggers, walkers and dogs for recreational purposes. It also links a park-and-ride site to the city centre offering a park-and-cycle opportunity.

The route is a joy. It offers a tranquil and relaxed environment amidst the leafy greenery, but is sufficiently well used that it seldom feels lonely. It is immediately accessible for thousands of residents and workers of X. Its many users enjoy fresh air and great exercise in lovely surroundings. It is a real asset to the life of the city. It is a fine example of how transport (the former railway line) can be adapted to suit changing times and needs with a little clever thinking.


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