The RailStaff Awards 2013 will be held on Saturday 5th October at the ICC in Birmingham, marking a phenomenal year for the rail industry.
Last year over 800 railway staff and their families attended. This year it looks like 1,000 people will be out celebrating all that’s brightest and best in the railway industry. To cope with demand the number of categories has been expanded to 18.
The success of the RailStaff Awards emphasises a drawing together of the rail industry. Old barriers are falling as the Rail Delivery Group assumes new powers enabling it to bring about consensus and common purpose. The Network Rail/SWT Alliance celebrates its first successful year. More alliances between infrastructure provider and service operators are taking forward the initiative nationally.
Progress on Crossrail forges ahead. Reading Station is zapping up performance on the Great Western Main Line ahead of electrification. Newly developed stations at London Bridge, Birmingham New Street and King’s Cross, run by motivated staff, showcase a confident, can- do, industry.
The recession defying rail industry has seen railways and tram systems being relaid and extended from Thameslink to Tweedbank.
A powerful year
The RailStaff Awards 2013 celebrates a powerful year for the rail industry. Starting next year Network Rail will spend £37 billion to run and expand the railway between 2014 and 2019.
Showing a united front has been crucial to winning political and commercial support for expanding the railway. New projects are now routinely delivered on time and on budget. Rail performance is high, enjoying Swiss levels of reliability.
Crucial to the success of the railway is the hard work, ingenuity and courage of the ordinary men and women who deliver the railway every day. The RailStaff Awards celebrates their professionalism and joint- commitment.
The rail industry wants to attract more young people to its cause. Apprenticeships and graduate recruitment programmes are saluted at the RailStaff Awards as the railway expands the skills base needed to maximise investment in rail.
Colin Flack, genial head of the Rail Alliance, returns to host the evening. New awards this year include the David Maidment Award for Charity. David set up the Railway Children charity.
Recognising the increasing importance of blockades and possessions as capacity enhancement work ramps up, the new Possession Team of the Year shines the spotlight on the staff who work through the night in limited time envelopes.
The evening promises to be the industry party of the year.
For more details go to www.railstaffawards.com