Rail Business Awards 22 February 2018 

Celebrating excellence at the 20th annual Rail Business Awards 

Great Western Railway named Rail Business of the Year

Great Western Railway was named Rail Business of the Year at the 20th annual Rail Business Awards, which took place at the London Hilton, Park Lane, on Thursday February 22 2018.

Senior figures from the UK’s rail industry packed the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom to see Great Western Railway pick up three trophies and a Highly Commended. As well as the coveted title of Rail Business of the Year, the operator also scooped:

the Rolling Stock Excellence award for bringing into service the new Class387 electric multiple-units on Thames Valley commuter services

the Safety & Security Excellence award for a partnership project to reduce anti-social behaviour by schoolchildren on the Severn Beach branch in Bristol. 

GWR was Highly Commended in the Training & Development Excellence award for its Leadership Development and Great Experience Makers initiatives.  

Chiltern Railway won the Train Operator of the Year award for completing and launching its new route to Oxford, as well as its consistently strong performance and high levels of customer satisfaction. 

ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes was named Industry Leader of the Year, while the alliance’s Head of Integrated Control, Mark Ilderton, took the award for Young Professional of the Year.

Hosted this year by TV and radio personality Sandi Toksvig, the Rail Business Awards recognise excellence in many aspects of the UK rail industry, with individual categories for technology, engineering, environmental sustainability, safety and security, rail freight, stations, trains and individual achievement. Click here to view the full list of winners.

Chris Jackson, Editor-in-Chief at the Railway Gazette Group, which organises the awards, said: “Once again, these awards have highlighted the contribution made by so many individuals and companies throughout the UK rail industry, who put a huge amount of effort, vision and skill into developing their business and serving their customers. Many congratulations to all of the winners and to those who were highly commended.”