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Praised for helping nurture and develop another Network Rail team, IP Signalling Northern LNE’s Construction Team has won the Signalling and Telecommunications Person or Team of the Year award at the RailStaff Awards.

Based out of George Stephenson House in York, the team – working with the Works Delivery Special Projects team – has delivered several major resignalling schemes over the last few years, including North Lincs, Ferriby to Gilberdyke, Brigg, South Kirkby and Huddersfield to Bradford.

In each case, IP Signalling Northern LNE has acted as the principal designer and Works Delivery Special Projects as the principal contractor. Over the course of the last four years, IP Signalling Northern LNE has helped Works Delivery Special Projects grow as a principal contractor – this progress has been reflected by PC License audits and independent CDM audits.

The nomination read, ‘We could not have been as successful as we have been, won the awards we have or been in a position to embrace technology like we have without the support of the IP Team, specifically the construction team lead by Ian Short.’

New technology

The partnership has enabled the Works Delivery Special Projects team to trial new technology and ways of working that are now being employed in other areas of the business.

Senior construction manager, IP Signalling Northern LNE, Ian Short said he was ‘really proud’ when he found out his team had been recognised. ‘I think mainly because teams like mine who work days, nights and weekends on the front line make things happen without being that visible.’

Difficult to pick winner

Founded in Sweden in 1975, Westermo has been developing industrial communications systems for more than 40 years. The company supplies components for railway communications networks around the world.

Phil Mounter, sales manager at Westermo, said, ‘Westermo are proud to sponsor the RailStaff Awards – in our category Signalling and Telecommunications Engineer / Team of the Year. There are so many people who are deserving of this award it is always difficult picking out a winner.’

Highly commended: Works Delivery Signalling Scotland Route and Siemens Rail Automation Test Team – Manchester.