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Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

Network Rail and London Underground (LU) dominated this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), taking home three trophies each for their contribution to the railways. 

At the event, hosted by RTM, the infrastructure owner won the Environmental & Sustainability award for its high output ballast work, and the Infrastructure Planning and Workforce Safety accolades for its ORBIS programme.

LU celebrated with wins in the Electrification category for its Four Lines Modernisation scheme; the Outstanding Projects – Small (Under £3m) accolade for its ventilation system upgrade; and also took home the prestigious Track Technology trophy.

The evening’s jewel-in-the-crown award, the Outstanding Projects – Large (Over £20m), went to the Staffordshire Alliance, which consists of VolkerRail, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and Network Rail.

Waboso UKRIA

As well as Network Rail and Lu, there was a host of other multiple-award winners at the fourth edition of UKRIA, with Fugro RailData taking home the Cost Base Reduction and Design Innovation categories; MTR Crossrail being named winner in Recruitment Excellence and Traction & Rolling Stock; and Young Rail Professionals winning the Marketing & Communications and Training & Development trophies.

Discussing the success of this year’s awards, Roy C Rowlands, business development director at RTM, said: “More than 130 individual organisations entered this year’s awards, bidding to win one of the accolades across the 23 wide-ranging categories. And with over 1,000 rail industry professionals in attendance, UKRIA 2017 was the most successful edition yet.

“These awards just keep getting bigger and better each year. I’d like to say a massive well done to all the winners and those who were shortlisted for awards; your work is truly transforming the country. I can’t wait for UKRIA 2018!”

This year’s keynote by Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, also signalled the major opportunities for the sector going forward, despite the last couple of years being quite challenging.

Sir Peter said: “The railway is changing. It’s changed a lot already, and there is more to come. The future, we know, will be challenging. More and more people boarding trains, more and more people passing through stations.

“But, I believe that as an industry we’ll be able to rise to the challenge, with new investors coming, new technology deployed and better structures that bring us closer to our customers.”

The evening was hosted by comedian Stephen Mangan, who gave a stand-up performance, and featured live music by the band Hipster.

The full list of UKRIA 2017 winners: 

Apprenticeship Development Scheme

Linbrooke Services

Collaborative Working


Cost Base Reduction

Fugro RailData

Corporate Social Responsibility

KeolisAmey Docklands

Design Innovation

Fugro RailData

Digital Pioneer

Heathrow Express

ATOS Worldline


Four Lines Modernisation

Environmental & Sustainability

Network Rail – High Output Ballast

Infrastructure Planning

Network Rail – ORBIS Programme

Marketing & Communications

Young Rail Professionals

Mobile Technology

Virgin Trains

Operator of the Year

Rail Operations Group

Outstanding Projects – Large (Over £20m)

Staffordshire Alliance of VolkerRail, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and Network Rail

Outstanding Projects – Medium (£3m-£20m)

Solihull MBC, Carillion, SLC Rail and Network Rail

Outstanding Projects – Small (Under £3m)

London Underground

Passenger Safety

Grand Central

Product and Service Innovation (Product)


Product and Service Innovation (Service)

InterCity RailFreight

Recruitment Excellence

MTR Crossrail

Signalling and Telecommunications

Northern Hub Alliance

Subcontractor of the Year


Track Technology

London Underground – Deep Tube Track Form

Traction & Rolling Stock

MTR Crossrail

Training and Development

Young Rail Professionals

Workforce Safety

Network Rail – ORBIS Programme

Young Rail Professional – Female

Sabrina Ihaddaden – Bombardier Transportation

Young Rail Professional – Male

Rob Taylor-Rose, IP Signalling South – Network Rail


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