2014 winners


Apprenticeship Development Scheme (joint winners)

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.

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.

Collaborative Working - 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.

Cost Base Reduction - Concrete Canvas Ltd

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

CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility - Linbrooke Services

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

Electrification - Network Rail

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

Environmental & Sustainability - CrossCountry

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

Lifetime Achievement - 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.

Mobile Technology - CrossCountry

CrossCountry has introduced mobile retailing via a new ticketing app, with seat reservations available up until 10 minutes before boarding.

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.

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

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

Outstanding Projects – Large (Over £20m) - 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.

Passenger 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Signalling & Telecommunications - 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.

Social Media - SoDash

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

Training & Development - 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.

Workforce Safety - 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.

Young Rail Professional – Female - 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.

Young Rail Professional – Male - 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.

Young Rail Professional - Male - Toufic Machnouk





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