Charity role for Colas Rail

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Colas Rail is sponsoring the David Maidment Award for Charity at the RailStaff Awards 2014. The new category is named after David Maidment, founder of the Railway Children charity. This award recognises the huge efforts made by staff across the industry to raise money for an inspiring variety of deserving causes.

2014 marks a busy year for Colas Rail. Colas Rail was selected by Network Rail as one of the preferred bidders for the delivery of its £800m conventional track renewals and enhancements programme for the 2014-19 funding period. Colas Rail also signed a freight haulage contract with Network Rail with a value of approximately £90m.

The requirements of the new contract and the growing demand on its rail freight business were satisfied by the acquisition of 10 new Class 70 locomotives announced earlier in the year and the purchase of 10 class 60 locomotives, enhanced to ‘Super 60’ specification. Colas Rail expanded its Rail Services operations too by acquiring Amey’s on-track tamping machines business. Colas Rail has the largest and most advanced fleet of modern on-track plant in the United Kingdom.

The David Maidment Award for Charity forms a welcome centrepiece at the RailStaff Awards. The philosophy behind the RailStaff Awards is that people in general in the rail industry do far more than what is required of them on the original job description. Inevitably this works through into private and social life. Every month RailStaff publishes stories of railway people backing a charity that has in some way been involved in the care and treatment of friends and family.

Says Tom O’Connor, managing director of Rail Media, ‘We are delighted to welcome Colas Rail to the RailStaff Award 2014. As a leading rail Freight Company the expansion of Colas Rail neatly parallels the growth and reach of the new rail industry.’

The Colas Group is the world leader in road construction. The railway division is one of the leading providers of rail infrastructure services in the world. In the UK Colas Rail combines the engineering skills of all specialist businesses to provide total solutions in all aspects of railway infrastructure, from high speed rail systems to light and urban rail.

Colas is part of the Bouygues Group, a diversified industrial group. With a turnover in excess of €33.3 billion and operations in over 80 countries, it has more than 128,000 employees.

For more information please visit www.colasrail.co.uk