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If you’ve been to the RailStaff Awards, you’ll understand it’s an event like no other.  Not only does it bring frontline and corporate staff together in one big celebration of people, but it does...
Of the 20 trophies presented at the RailStaff Awards there is one that is more emotionally charged than all the others. The Lifesaver Award is a category that is inundated with stories of rail...
Paula Hilliard, last year's winner of the Charitable Person or Team of the Year Award.

Guardians of the railway

If you listen to speeches from industry figureheads, we are often reminded that passenger journeys on the railways have more than doubled in the past 20 years, and for good reason. Higher demands on a railway that was largely...
When Lee Woolcott-Ellis was recognised at the 2018 RailStaff Awards, it launched a roller coaster ride that he’s yet to get off.  The Rail Person of the Year was awarded one of the night’s...

Great westerners

Before the sun had even risen on 20 August, the very first Class 802 train specifically built for Devon and Cornwall left Plymouth for London Paddington with passengers on board. It was the latest milestone in the introduction of...
In its 130-year history, Bollé has grown from a small cottage-based business in the French Alps to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium eyewear products.  Some of the country’s biggest infrastructure projects:...
The modernisation of the signalling and control systems that manage Britain’s railway will represent a sizeable chunk of the planned investment for CP6 and beyond. Over the course of the next decade, conventional systems will be phased out and replaced...

Sheriffs on patrol

Whether they’re opening a new building or marking a new milestone or landmark anniversary, MPs are often snapped celebrating special occasions with organisations associated to either their constituency or government department. So, when Land...
The transition from one control period to another can be challenging, but the promise of investment in CP6 gives companies reason to be optimistic. Total Rail Solutions (TRS) is a business which is positive about the future. Over the last...

Help in hard times

What can you buy for £1? You could pick up a couple of pints of milk. A chocolate bar, or two, if you’re lucky. Or, for £1 a week, you could become a member of the Transport...
Showman Richard Salkeld shone so brightly at the 2018 RailStaff Awards that organisers have signed him up to return for this year’s ceremony. Not only did his sequin jackets add a touch of glitz...
On May 18, hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) last High Speed Train (HST) in regular passenger service. Rail enthusiasts lined the route to...
Of the group of current supporters, only charities the Samaritans and the Transport Benevolent Fund have backed the RailStaff Awards for longer than industrial communications specialists Westermo.  A partnership that began in 2013 with...

RailStaff Awards: Highs and lows

Satnam Thiara strolled up to the stage at the 2010 RailStaff Awards bursting with pride as the winner of the Newcomer of the Year category. A year earlier, he had been made redundant and faced an uncertain future so...
Grabbing a set of 25kg weights, Freightliner’s Steve Cokayne talks me through his warm up routine. We meet at the gym he trains at in Leicestershire on a Friday morning. It’s been a long week for Steve, who has...
A lot has changed since Freightliner’s acquisition by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) three years ago. Over the past 12 months, the business has been reorganised around its three core service platforms: rail, road and terminals. The objective is...
MTR Crossrail’s maintenance team were recognised with the Depot Team of the Year award for their contribution to the service’s fast-improving reliability and satisfaction scores. Within just three months of being set up, the maintenance team had implemented new maintenance...
It’s been a busy few years for on-track plant hire specialists Total Rail Solutions (TRS). After investing millions of pounds in reliable, new equipment as part of its aggressive growth strategy, the company announced the successful completion...
The NEC isn’t the obvious place for the forces of magic and sorcery to place their portal into the mortal realm, but visitors to the RailStaff Awards this year will have the opportunity to peer through this gateway and...

RailStaff Awards: Good luck!

The nominations are all in and the votes have been counted. All that’s left to do is announce this year’s winners. Almost 300 nominations have been shortlisted across 20 different categories, including Outstanding Customer Service, Station Staff of the Year...
CP5 has been a challenging control period for the whole rail industry; however, through collaboration, developing relationships with new customers, and investing in technology and people, telent has been involved in a number of exciting projects delivering and maintaining...
It takes a great deal of effort to organise and host a major awards event like the RailStaff Awards. It is a logistical juggling act with little room for error. Taking place on 29 November, the RailStaff Awards will be...
During the past 12 months, TBF has paid out more than £2.5 million in benefits to its members. The demand for its support is as great as it ever has been, illustrating the challenges facing many of the individuals...

End of a tough year for BTP

One of the few uplifting things to follow major tragedies is the volume of praise reserved for members of our emergency services. Those who run towards danger when everyone around them is trying to escape it and those who...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work