Infrastructure award winners revealed


Best community impact winner: Anderston Bridge, Glasgow


Best design and construction winner: Royston Underpass

Padiham before

Best transformation of public space winner: Padiham Greenway. This is what the area looked like before...

Padiham after

and Padiham after...a worthy winner!


Best partner winner: Bristol City Council

1 October 2015

We are delighted to reveal the winners of our infrastructure awards, which highlight the very best standards on the National Cycle Network, 20 years after it was first developed.

There were four awards categories - Best Community Impact, Best Design and Construction, Best Transformation of Public Space and Best Partner.

A host of projects were shortlisted, including new underpasses, bridges and bike and pedestrian paths.

A team of judges with expertise in engineering and transport planning chose the winners from an extremely competitive shortlist.

The judges who decided the winner were:

Klaus Bondam, Director at the Danish Cyclists Federation, who was on the judging panel, said:

“As someone who works and campaigns to improve cycling in Denmark, it was a pleasure to be involved in judging these awards. The quality of the nominees was hugely impressive and demonstrated the impact that Sustrans and the National Cycle Network have in communities across the UK.  

“For a charity to have led on developing such a large walking and cycling network, with such notable innovation and design expertise, is inspiring and remarkable.  The winners of the awards are well deserved and it shows that there is huge potential for the UK to become a truly great cycling nation.”

The winners are:

A pedestrian bridge, built over the M8 in the late 1960’s, was designed to link Anderston Shopping complex to the city centre but was never finished by the developer.

We completed ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’, which has become a focal point for a network of new walking and cycling routes across Glasgow. The bridge forms part of National Route 756.

Royston was a town divided by the Hitchin-Cambridge railway line. There was no way of crossing Royston safely on foot or by bike except via a busy road in the town centre.  

We helped to develop an underpass which has a better visual impact, takes up less space and is a shorter distance to travel compared to installing a bridge. The underpass will form part of National Route 11.

When the power station at Padiham closed in 1993 the railway line running between Burnley and Padiham was abandoned. It became an eyesore suffering from fly tipping, litter, and petty vandalism.

We worked with partners to transform the old railway into a traffic free greenway and linear park. The route connects Burnley, Padiham and the surrounding villages together, with links into the town centres, employment areas and schools. The greenway forms part of National Route 685.

Bristol continues to be one of the most forward thinking urban Local Authorities when it comes to sustainable transport. Investment in cycling in the city is now in the region of £16 per person per head, well above the target set by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group report. Consequently levels of cycling in the city have risen dramatically and continue to do so.

We have worked closely with Bristol City Council to deliver its cycling infrastructure for many years. From the very first path built by Sustrans, the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, to more recent schemes, the Council has always shown commitment and enthusiasm for projects.

John Parkin, Professor of Transport Engineering, University of the West of England, also one of the judges, said:  

“It is enormously encouraging to see the results of good planning and design, which results in positive changes to people’s lives and the places they live. All those involved in these schemes, whether decision makers, designers, or dedicated volunteers, deserve to be congratulated.”

This year marks 20 years since we gained funding from the Lottery to develop the National Cycle Network. The Network now stretches to all four corners of the UK and covers over 14,000 miles running along traffic-free and quiet on-road routes. New data released by Sustrans revealed that in 2014 the Network saw over 4.9 million people make 764 million trips by bike and on foot[i].

Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans, said:

“The Network has clearly demonstrated that when cycling and walking routes are developed, people will use them and leave their cars at home. Now we need the government to bring walking and cycling routes to everyone’s doorstep. That’s why we’re calling on the government to provide consistent long-term funding for cycling and walking to be at least 5% of transport spending, and a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy that contains a long-term vision and targets, in the same way that already exists for our roads and railways.”

[i] Sustrans, (2015) 2014 NCN  Annual Usage Estimate