UK: Great Western Railway was announced as Rail Business of the Year and ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes was named Industry Leader of the Year at the 20th Rail Business Awards.
Hosted by Railway Gazette at London’s Hilton hotel on Park Lane on February 22, the event bought together around 600 senior executives and industry experts from across the UK rail sector. The 20th anniversary awards were presented by TV and radio celebrity Sandi Toksvig.
‘Once again, these awards have highlighted the contribution made by so many individuals and companies throughout the UK rail industry, who put a huge amount of effort, vision and skill into developing their business and serving their customers’, said Railway Gazette Editor-in-Chief Chris Jackson. ‘These awards have become a highlight of the industry calendar, providing a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes on across the UK rail sector, day in, day out.’
In awarding GWR the coveted title of Rail Business of the Year, the judges said the operator had shown ‘incredible versatility and resilience through a very difficult period', despite the disruption caused by electrification and upgrading works. GWR also won the Rolling Stock Excellence award for bringing into service its Class 387 EMUs on Thames Valley commuter services, and the Safety & Security Excellence award for a partnership project to reduce anti-social behaviour on the Severn Beach branch.
Chiltern Railway won Train Operator of the Year for completing and launching its new route to Oxford, as well as its consistently strong performance and high levels of customer satisfaction.
ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes was named Industry Leader of the Year, while the alliance’s Head of Integrated Control, Mark Ilderton, took the award for Young Professional of the Year.
Rail Business Awards winners 2018
|Young Professional||Institution of Railway Operators||Mark Ilderton, Head of Integrated Control, ScotRail||Emma Love, Head of Corporate Affairs, MTR Crossrail|
|Rail Engineer of the Future||Progress Rail||James Dawson, London Underground||Sudhir Prabhu, AECOM|
|Women in Rail||Angel Trains||Chie Shimizu, Weston Williamson + Partners||Debbie Bewley, Kathryn O’Brien, TransPennine Express|
|Training & Development Excellence||Railway Gazette International||Wabtec Faiveley Rail||Great Western Railway, Colas Rail|
|Supplier & Contractor Excellence||Rail Industry Association||STM Group|
|Customer Service Excellence||North Star Consulting||Keolis Amey Docklands||Chiltern/WiFi Spark/Icomera, Merseyrail|
|Marketing & Communications Excellence||Young Rail Professionals||Northern||Network Rail Thameslink Programme|
|Digital Technology Excellence||KBH On-Train Media||Network Rail Track Decision Support Tool||GoMedia, 3Squared|
|Technical Innovation Excellence||Rail Operations Group||Pandrol ‘Re’ clip||Plowman Craven|
|Stations & Integrated Transport Excellence||iPortRail||Greater Anglia – Cambridge Station|
|Rail Freight Excellence||Furrer+Frey||GB Railfreight|
|Rolling Stock Excellence||Wabtec Faiveley UK||Great Western Railway||Siemens, GB Railfreight|
|Safety & Security Excelllence||Metro Report International||Great Western Railway||Balfour Beatty, Colas Rail|
|Sustainability & Environmental Excelllence||Bombardier Transportation||TransPennine Express||West Ealing Sidings Project|
|Engineering Business Excellence||Ricardo Rail||Rail Operations Group|
|Infrastructure Project Excellence||Rail Business intelligence||Siemens Rail Automation / LUL||Rail Electrification Alliance, S&C South Alliance|
|Train Operator of the Year||Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK||Chiltern Railways||Tyne & Wear Metro|
|Industry Leader||RSSB RISQS||Alex Hynes Managing Director, ScotRail|
|Rail Business of the Year||SNC-Lavalin||Great Western Railway|