Steve White, Govia Thameslink CEO, spoke to RTM’s Editorial Lead, Ailsa Cowen, about their recent awards, how they will continue to work to prevent suicides on the railway and building back better, greener and faster.
Steve began our conversation by talking about their recent busy ‘virtual’ evening at the National Rail Awards.
He explained: “We had two award winners at two opposite ends of their career, one of our winners was Siggy Cragwell, from our Elstree and Borehamwood station. He’s in his 80s and has been on the railways for 57 years! He received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“And at the other end of the spectrum we’ve got a young lady named Najla Almutairi. She received the Frontline award for Outstanding Personal Contribution. She’s more than 50 years behind Siggy, but she’s doing a tremendous job. Through these two awards we see people truly recognised for their personal achievements.”
Steve said that these awards showcase their approach to investment, innovation, collaboration and customer service.
World Suicide Prevention Day took place earlier this year in September and GTR were very active supporters. Across their network, motivational messages were painted across walkways and platforms, reminding people it’s ok to not be ok.
“There is nothing more important than preventing loss of life” Steve said passionately.
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