East Coast is again sponsoring the Train Driver of the Year award at the RailStaff Awards 2012.
Train drivers are an essential element of the railway industry’s daily operation. They are highly trained and the expertise they have ensures a safe and reliable journey for thousands of rail passengers each day.
Tom O’Connor, managing director Rail Media Group, which is staging the RailStaff Awards, said: “We are delighted that East Coast is once again sponsoring the RailStaff Awards: Train Driver of the Year.
‘The East Coast Main Line is the backbone of the network, providing vital transport links between towns and cities along Britain’s East Coast. Drivers and indeed all train crew who are part of East Coast’s operation are among the most professional and customer focused in the business. We wish them well as they continue to deliver a busy, fast and reliable railway operation which connects London to Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and beyond.”
East Coast Managing Director Karen Boswell said: “In this special Olympic year, we are delighted to sponsor the Train Driver of the Year award, which celebrates the important contribution drivers make to the safe, reliable and comfortable operation of train services across the UK each day.
“Driving a train is a great responsibility and, in supporting the RailStaff Awards, we can reward and recognise those drivers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to customer service and the safety of rail passengers.” East Coast is a subsidiary of Directly Operated Railways Limited, which is owned by the Department for Transport. The company began operating train services on the East Coast Main Line in November 2009.
Its long-distance, cross-border train services run along routes totalling 936 miles, linking London King’s Cross with Eastern England, Lincolnshire, Humberside, Yorkshire, the North East of England and Scotland, carrying 18.9 million passengers a year.
East Coast, which is headquartered in York, employs 2,800 staff in a wide range of customer service, operational, retail and support roles across the route. The company also operates three engineering and maintenance depots at Bounds Green in London, Craigentinny in Edinburgh and Clayhills in Aberdeen.