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Simply the best: the search begins

Judges this week completed visits across the UK to find Britain's best integrated transport project.

Chairman of judges Steve Norris and his panel of judges - which includes Sustrans director John Grimshaw and NCE editor emeritus Mike Winney - will hold an exhaustive meeting at the ICE next week to decide on a winner of the awards which are part of the Interchange show.

Categories include best small, medium and large transport interchange and an award for innovation, best international interchange and the judges' supreme award. Awards will be presented at the London Hilton on 4 April.

Croydon Tramlink Integration of new modes of transport with existing services has been closely examined during the Interchange Awards.

The photograph shows judging of Croydon Tramlink.

Interchange president Steve Norris (shown left) has visited shortlisted projects throughout the country.

Canada Water Station Technology and real time information systems when operated by enthusiastic managers, as pictured here at Canada Water Station on the Jubilee Line, can enormously improve the experience of the travelling public.

Caerphilly Bus station The first judges' visits concentrated on London. Now the judging team is working round the country, taking in Clitheroe, Macclesfield, Nottingham, Walsall and Warwick as well as Caerphilly bus station and rail interchange (above).

Stratford bus station Safe and easy pedestrian routes between transport modes are an important feature of good interchanges.

Stratford Jubilee Line Extension underground station Bold architecture can lift the spirit of travellers on public transport but a lot more is needed besides - details and management have to be right.

Paddington Station

Many alterations and additions to Paddington Station have brought true integration of heavy rail, Underground and air transport as well as opening up vistas of Brunel's magnificent train shed.

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