What a year it’s been. So many projects coming to fruition, so many new trains coming on stream, a thriving freight sector, great plans for the future, and a vibrancy and optimism that we are making the railways better for our customers.
Yes, there have been a few problems along the way, but these are far outweighed by all of the successes: fantastic companies and amazing people making a real difference to our industry. And that’s what our own Oscars - the National Rail Awards - are all about. A chance to recognise and celebrate those achievements, meet with colleagues, forge new business relationships, and to build a bigger and better railway.
This year our two most recent categories, Environmental Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Society, attracted a large number of entries, reflecting the increasing importance of our railways to the wider community. Great to see and rather wonderful that it’s reflected in projects on the ground. Siemens’ new complex in Goole will come on stream very soon and will transform the region with new jobs, new technology, a host of nature projects and huge involvement with the local community. It will be brilliant.
This year, our judges visited the 144 stations that were entered and they just get better and better. All visits are unannounced and we were amazed at the improvements that we are seeing. There’s a real focus on not only passengers but also becoming a hub for the local communities - it’s so good to see.
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