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...
A business is only as strong as its people. “It’s an old cliche but I fully believe in it,” said Steve McLaren, managing director UK and Ireland for Fenix Rail Systems, sponsors of the Train Driver of the Year...
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...
We’re pleased to announce that Alison Rumsey, group HR director for Network Rail, will be part of the independent industry panel judging this year’s RailStaff Awards. Responsible for creating the overall people strategy for CP6, Alison was appointed to Network...
Shauni McDonald picked up her first award in 2011, quickly followed by another two in the same year. In 2012, she was presented with one more and then in 2013 she received yet another. Shauni has enough awards to...
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...
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...
We all engage in small talk on a daily basis with friends and work colleagues. We talk about our weekends, families and, best of all, the weather. We’re surrounded by small talk everywhere we go but, for some bizarre reason,...
Who inspires you? A parent, a teacher, your best friend? You may never have thought to name the people who have shaped your life and career, but they are journeys that few people make alone. On 29 November, the RailStaff...
More than 1,000 people have been named on the New Year's Honours list 2018 for exceptional achievement and service. Among them are a number of individuals who have been praised for their work in the UK's rail industry. Read on...
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...
Having already gone up on stage to collect the Station Staff of the Year award with his London Bridge colleagues, Arron Raimbault was surprised to hear his name called out again for one of the most prestigious awards of...

Driving dedication

Northern train driver Colin Newton was a little bemused when he came off stage after winning the Train Driver of the Year award. ‘It’s a bit weird getting nominated just for doing your job,’ said Colin. In February this year, Colin,...

Greater Anglia team stand out

High retention rates and the delivery of a busy schedule of coaching development sessions were just two of the reasons that Greater Anglia’s learning and development team took home a trophy at this year’s RailStaff Awards. Greater Anglia’s nine-person team...

Rewarding potential

Electrical engineer Conor Maton from rail telecommunications leader telent has won this year’s Graduate of the Year title. Born and raised in Coventry, Conor studied electronic engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. He joined telent in 2015 and has made a...
When Kai Gohegan joined the rail industry, it was meant to be a stopgap. He arrived at Southern 13 years ago, working in the ticket office of stations on the East Grinstead and Uckfield lines. Now he’s responsible for planning...

Safety above all else

The safety performance of Freightliner’s Birmingham terminal was recognised with a win in the Rail Safety Person of the Year category. Freightliner’s operations manager Adrian Pattison and multi-skilled operative Mark Neal shared the title at this year’s RailStaff Awards. They explained...

Signalling success

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,...
It is easy to forget that the work undertaken this summer to upgrade Waterloo station and increase capacity on the South Western route represented the culmination of years of detailed design and planning. Once completed, the Waterloo upgrade will increase...

Kept in the loop

Delays and closures are part of life on the railway – passengers, given time, can understand and accept that. It is how the industry communicates with its customers that is often the difference between a successful project and a chaotic...
Staff at London Bridge station could never have been fully prepared for the events that unfolded on the evening of 3 June this year. Three attackers took the lives of eight people and injured many others outside of London Bridge...

Finding a heart of gold

The fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire was felt by communities across West London. For an operator like Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which reaches across the capital, its impact was felt by staff and passengers alike. Determined to support staff...

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...

Pioneering spirit

Virgin Trains’ Nick Chadwick, who is credited with creating and managing the first driver apprenticeship programme in the UK, has been named Rail Manager of the Year. In his nomination, Nick was described as a ‘visionary leader’ and praised for...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

Christmas work