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UK Rail Industry Awards shortlist announced

There have been a staggering 239 entries submitted across the 18 categories of the inaugural UK Rail Industry Awards keeping UKRIA’s pan-industry panel of independent judges very busy over the festive season.

The evening is already set to be the must-attend event in the UK rail industry, as some 600 people prepare to recognise the hard work and achievement of organisations, teams and individuals working tirelessly to deliver an efficient and robust rail network which continues to be one of the safest in Europe.

The evening also affords those attending the opportunity to network with industry leaders whilst being wined and dined by Britain’s rail Industry media leader – Rail Technology Magazine. And that’s not to mention a keynote address from Network Rail’s chairman, Richard Parry-Jones, entertainment from Alex Crow (one of the top mind readers in the country), a charity casino and after-party.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Apprenticeship Development Scheme

• London Underground

London Underground’s Apprenticeship Development Scheme will develop new, skilled track renewal operatives who will be experienced and proficient in the LU environment. Focusing on track renewal, the scheme saw 20 successful appointments in 2012.

• Network Rail

The Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is a cornerstone of the future development of Network Rail, equipping applicants to become the technicians, team leaders, supervisors, managers and engineers of the future.

• ScotRail

ScotRail’s Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service is the first rail industry apprenticeship scheme focusing on customer service, with placements on train, in hospitality, and at booking offices                                  

• Southern Railway             

Southern’s Apprenticeship Scheme offers recruits four years of hands-on learning in the Fleet Department, including the opportunity to undertake a role across one of Southern's three major depots.

Collaborative Working

• Hitchin Alliance     

The Hitchin Flyover was successfully delivered under a Project Alliance Agreement between Network Rail and HOCHTIEF, supported by the BS11000 ‘Collaborative Business Relationships’ standards and principles.

• Network Rail Infrastructure Projects

Network Rail is working in accordance with BS11000 as an enabler of cultural and behavioural change, driving more consistent and stronger relationships with partners.

• Network Rail   

The Stafford Area Improvements Programme was delivered through the industry’s first ‘pure alliance’ comprising Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail and VolkerRail.    

• Skanska      

The Borough Viaduct project was delivered by working in close collaboration with the client, design team, supply chain and local stakeholders and neighbours, and was BS11000-accredited.

Cost Base Reduction

• Aspin Foundations Limited

Aspin provided an alternative solution for the track stabilisation problems on the West Coast Main Line; ‘Trackbed Enhanced Axial Micropiles’ (TEAM).

• Concrete Canvas Ltd

A new material technology called Concrete Canvas (CC), essentially a concrete impregnated geotextile, offers a rapidly installed alternative to conventional concreting.

• TATA Steel Projects

Construction of a new platform at Templecombe station in the disused trackbed adjacent to the disused platform created significant savings. 

• TfL

The Bank Station Capacity Upgrade included a new procurement approach, Innovative Contractor Engagement (ICE), to maximise market value.

CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility

• First Capital Connect 

FCC’s work forms part of the Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Railways’ programme, providing intensive training and support for young people.

• Linbrooke Services

Linbrooke offers an extensive internal training programme called 'operational leadership' with an emphasis on a learning approach and business resilience.

• Serco Docklands

Serco for Skills and the Community Ambassador schemes aim to improve skills and employment, and to increase awareness of the DLR, for local residents.  

• Southern Railway 

Southern supported local community groups to improve the passenger experience through Station Partnerships, including the Art on the Line project.           


• Amey

Amey built a High Output Operations Base (HOOB) for the first high-output electrification scheme on the GWML, bringing environmental and efficiency benefits.

• Network Rail and the Railway Industry Association – REDP

The Rail Electrification Development Programme (REDP) is preparing the UK network for electrification, seeking to address any potential pinch points.

• ScotRail

The Paisley Canal Electrification (PaCE) scheme was successfully completed in an alliance with Network Rail along a five-mile stretch of line, with costs reduced by 61%.

• WCPSU Integrated Team

Costain helped to deliver the third phase of the West Coast Power Supply Upgrade (PSU), with Network Rail, Alstom, and Babcock. 

Environmental & Sustainability

• Concrete Canvas Ltd

A new material technology called Concrete Canvas (CC), essentially a concrete impregnated geotextile, typically delivers 90% material savings.

• CrossCountry

The Lamp Block project involved the design and construction of new sustainable accommodation for 500 train crew using Birmingham New Street station.

• Northern Rail

‘Loco’s Lair’ invited Northern’s employees to pitch sustainability ideas, with the finalists’ ideas to be implemented by the TOC. 

• ScotRail                                

The Energy Reduction Strategy has introduced renewable energy sources, power conservation schemes, recycling and education campaigns across the Scottish railway.

Lifetime Achievement

• Graham Ellis

Training Development Manager at McGinley, Graham Ellis’s focus on behavioural change has transformed track safety, with many schemes adopted as best practice across the industry.

• Alan Runacres

CH2M Hill Project Director Alan Runacres has given 45 years of continuous service, delivering major railway and tunnelling infrastructure, including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

• Vincent Wragg

Professional Head of Telecomms at Telent, Vincent Wragg has introduced ground-breaking new technology to the railways and he also mentors young entrants to the industry.

Mobile Technology

• Ayoupa       

Developed the Commuter iPhone app, which continuously integrates disparate live transport service data, allowing multiple routes to be compared.

• CrossCountry

CrossCountry has introduced mobile retailing via a new ticketing app, with seat reservations available up until ten minutes before boarding.

• First Great Western

FGW’s mTicketing system has been rolled out across its network with colour signatures providing reference for inspectors to check tickets visually.

• MITIE Total Security Management

A new five-year smartcard platform updates Network Rail’s paper-based Sentinel scheme and allows worker safety and competence checks to be made in real-time.

Outstanding Projects – Small (under £3m)

• Lynch Plant Hire Ltd

Lynch Plant Hire Ltd developed a ‘Rail Hub’ in central London to remove excavated spoil to a landfill site, streamlining the system for dealing with waste material.

• Network Rail

The refurbishment of Blackfriars footbridge was achieved £42,000 under the budget of £622,000 and 16 weeks ahead of programme.

• Rhodar Ltd

Central advertisement boards were replaced with digital screens at Waterloo station for Network Rail, removing asbestos without risk to the public.

• TfL - TDU

The St Paul's Hub demonstrates through design, coordination and execution of construction the highest level of engineering skill and incorporates an innovative approach to addressing a fundamental business need: transporting men and materials below the ground to site following the evening’s last train, and removing men and spoil from site prior to the morning’s first train, as quickly and safely as possible.

Finding a novel use of an disused existing structure to dramatically improve access across ten sites and reduce staff ‘man handling’ confirming London Undergrounds continued commitment to improved safety alongside productivity through innovation.

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

• Balfour Beatty Rail

An alliance between London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail delivered a series of upgrades to the Hainault Loop section of the Central Line with a 40% reduction in disruption.

• Network Rail/BAM Nuttall/BAM Ritchies – Hooley Cutting

Successful delivery of the main stabilisation works at Hooley Cutting, despite limited working hours and restricted plant size.

• Bourne Construction Ltd

Bourne installed a geometrically complicated truss into Farringdon Station, overcoming significant access challenges.

• ScotRail

The Paisley Canal Electrification (PaCE) project was completed with costs reduced by 61%, from £28m to £11m.

Outstanding Projects – Large (Over £20m)

• CH2M Hill 

CH2M Hill helped to deliver the London Overground Capacity Upgrade Project (LOCIP), completing the development phase to an accelerated schedule.

• Chiltern Railways      

The launch of Chiltern Mainline created one of the UK’s fastest rail services, reducing journey times between Birmingham and London to 90 minutes.

• Network Rail

The Reading Station Area Redevelopment (RSAR) Project was nominated for its sheer scale, strategic importance, technical and logistic complexity, and as an exemplar in collaborative working and innovation.

• Hitchin Alliance

The Hitchin Alliance, Network Rail and HOCHTIEF, delivered a grade separated junction – a new 2.5 km railway chord comprising 0.8km of new viaduct and 1.2km of built embankment.

Passenger Safety

• ATD Ltd

A new Quantum M100 seat was designed and delivered to meet the requirements of GMRT 2100 Issue 5, allowing passengers to ‘self recover’ and improve safety.

• Barnbrook Systems Ltd

Barnbrook Systems supplied a new three-step brake controller for East Midlands Trains, highlighting safety and obsolescence issues and improving reliability.

• Commend UK

Commend UK created an Interactive Information Point with London Underground, designed with touch screen and real-time information.

• Southern Railway

Southern has introduced CHURROS, a new system to monitor the performance of drivers, effectively assessing competence and providing feedback.

Rail Asset Security

• Amey Rail

The renewal of two level crossings at Llanelli. The design incorporated Obstacle Detection, which detects objects, vehicles or people on the crossing before a train approaches it, reducing theft and vandalism.

• Axis Communications

Developed cameras which produce HDTV quality footage to help identify and prosecute offenders guilty of vandalism, metal theft, ticket fraud, track trespassing and unauthorised access.

Rail Freight Excellence

• Atkins, Network Rail, Balfour Beatty

The delivery of the Nuneaton North Chord linked the existing cross-country route from Felixstowe to Nuneaton with the WCML to improve reliability and service frequency.

• Atkins Limited      

Atkins delivered the design and construction supervision for the new rail system to serve the new London Gateway Port.

• FreightArranger               

Software designed to simplify rail freight access by automating the search-quote-book process, arranging short haul road haulage to connect with the train and tracking the container in transit.

• VTG Rail UK Ltd              

The first production build of Ecofret container wagons into UK traffic, as part of Freightliner’s new Shortliner intermodal service.

Recruitment Excellence

• Amey plc

A recruitment campaign that engaged ex-service personnel and sought to encourage retention within the industry through post-graduate conversion courses run in conjunction with Network Rail.

• ATA Recruitment Ltd                           

Undertook an international recruitment campaign to identify new candidates with transferrable skills from locations where railway systems share key features with the UK.

• Northern Rail                                

A Diversity and Inclusion strategy was developed to encourage under-represented groups such as women and ethnic minorities to apply for driver roles and to promote Northern as a local employer.

• TfL

‘Classroom to Boardroom’ is a scheme aimed to encourage more children to take STEM subjects and to promote the transport industry and engineering as a career of choice.

Signalling & Telecommunications

• Network Rail

The Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) project includes linespeed enhancement through a new signalling system and continuous welded rail.

• Network Rail

Network Rail introduced a modern lightweight signalling scheme in the Valleys, meeting future requirements for electrification in the area around Cardiff.

• ScotRail

The UK rail industry’s biggest-ever roll-out of free wi-fi at stations and on-board all Class 170 and 38 Class 380s across Scotland.

• TfL   

The new signalling system on the Jubilee and Northern lines facilitates capacity enhancements and includes a loop cable which if it is damaged leads to the train service being suspended.

Social Media

• CrossCountry

The development of a social media strategy to engage with student passengers led to a 20% year-on-year increase of sales through the NUS extra channel.

• So dash

Software allows train operators to listen to, join in with, and manage social media conversations happening around them and about them.

• Southern Railway 

Southern and BBC South produced a film of the journey from London to Brighton from the view of a driver’s cab, which has now had well over half a million views on YouTube alone.

Training & Development

• Arcadia Alive Ltd             

The Driver Support and Human Factors for Trainee Drivers programmes aim to enhance non-technical skills to complement drivers’ technical knowledge and to maximise safe behaviour.

• Babcock

A Training and Development programme for Network Rail’s engineering technicians through a residential three year Advanced Apprenticeship Programme that delivers sector leading specialists.

• Mott MacDonald

The graduate rotation programme creates a talent pipeline of consultants who are comfortable and effective in a multi-functional environment, and professionally qualified.

• Network Rail

The Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) Leadership Development Programme (GLDP) is designed to equip operational leaders with practical skills essential to leading operational teams successfully across the project.

• ScotRail                                     

ScotRail’s Training Academy delivers customer service apprenticeships, mature apprenticeships, and performance development leadership schemes.

• WCPSU Integrated Team

Under a programme to ‘build their own’ OLE-competent workforce, trainees were recruited from outside the industry and supervised by mentors through the Overhead Line Electrification Competence (OLEC) programme.

Workforce Safety

• Arcadia Alive Ltd

A driver support programme enhances workers’ non-technical skills and drives behavioural change and improved performance.

• Dual Inventive Ltd

Remote control technology was introduced to improve workforce safety by allowing staff to activate a possession without entering the track.

• MITIE Total Security Management

A new five-year smartcard platform updates Network Rail’s paper-based Sentinel scheme and allows worker safety and competence checks to be made in real-time.

• ScotRail

The ‘Switched On’ awareness campaign improved personal responsibility for safety and ‘The Professionals’ campaign saw a behaviour-based development programme delivered.

Young Rail Professional – Female

• Katie Anderton

Senior Environmental Consultant at Temple Group, Katie Anderton is working on LOCIP and has been ‘instrumental’ across the programme, adding value beyond her remit.

• Charlotte Mace

Charlotte Mace, Civil Field Engineer at Network Rail, has worked on the Crossrail Acton Dive-under project and managed the reorganisation of the graduate scheme into the devolved routes system.

• Emma Taylor

National Aerial Survey Specialist at Network Rail, Emma Taylor started as an apprentice in signal engineering and now acts as an ambassador promoting apprenticeships to young people.

Young Rail Professional – Male

• Scott Bradley                                                         

OTM Operations Manager at AmeyColas, Scott Bradley developed an extremely low-cost, robustly engineered GPS driven flange lubrication system suitable for use on preserved lines with much lower operating speeds than mainline counterparts.

• Toufic Machnouk              

Project Manager at Network Rail, Toufic Machnouk helped deliver the new train care depot in Reading six months ahead of its public commitment and saved 25% of its £131m budget.

• Joseph Muskett

Project Acceptance Specialist at Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, Joseph Muskett made significant contributions to project governance through the national Rail Infrastructure Supplier performance initiative.


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