London Underground joins Network Rail and the Rail Alliance as overall sponsor of the RailStaff Awards 2012.
This year sees London Underground playing a major role in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games – over 80 per cent of spectators are being encouraged to use trains and public transport to get to and from the games.
London’s Underground is one of the busiest urban rail networks in the world. The Tube carries more than one billion passengers a year, as many as the entire National Rail network. With around three and a half million journeys made each day, on 11 lines serving 270 stations, London Underground is now running more services than ever before on the 148-year-old network.
Says Tom O’Connor, managing director of the Rail Media Group, which is staging the awards, ‘We are delighted that London Underground is supporting the RailStaff Awards 2012. A rising number of staff on the Underground – and throughout TfL – have been represented at the RailStaff Awards.
‘Their hard work and dedication in what will be a busy year in London provides our newspaper, RailStaff, with a steady stream of good news stories. The Tube has a major role to play in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we look forward to encouraging and supporting all staff this summer.’
London Underground aims to combine a reliable train service with the highest standards of customer care. At the same time, its ageing infrastructure is being renewed and replaced.
To overcome the legacy of under-investment, London Underground has embarked on a massive upgrade programme which will deliver extra capacity and keep pace with rising demand.
The level of renewal and refurbishment work is on a scale unseen for more than 60 years. Rail staff on London Underground therefore face a unique challenge as they seek to deliver the service safely and reliably whilst the biggest rebuilding programme the Underground has ever seen continues day and night.