2024 Shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 26th Rail Business Awards!

Congratulations to all our finalists!

A huge thank you to all those who have submitted entries this year and to our fantastic judging panel.

The winners will be revealed on Thursday 22nd February 2024 at Hilton Manchester Deansgate . Click here to book your tickets for the night.

The Industry Leader winner along with the coveted Rail Business of the Year Award will be announced on the night.

Accessibility & Integrated Transport Excellence

GWR: Turbo charging our response to accessibility and inclusion

South Western Railway: Cumulative excellence in accessibility

TransPennine Express: Making rail more accessible

Asset Management & Maintenance Excellence

Nexus, Furrer + Frey, and Fugro: Rail infrastructure alignment acquisition system

RailSense Solutions: Void monitoring for track stabilisation

Thales & London Underground: TIRIS advanced data analytics platform

Customer Service Excellence

GWR: Prestige dining on Pullman services

MTR Elizabeth line: Customer experience business plan

South Western Railway: Service quality team

Tyne & Wear Metro: The 2023 Great North Run incident recovery

Diversity & Inclusion in Rail

AtkinsRéalis: #Differentmakesadifference

GWR: Improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion

Hull Trains: Recruitment and retention

Railway Project Services: Diversity & Inclusion in RPS

Southeastern: Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce

Education & Training Excellence

Lumo: The Training Academy

MTR Elizabeth line: Industry-leading education and training

Infrastructure Project and Station Excellence

GWR, Network Rail, Reading Borough Council, Devon County Council and Bristol City Council: Opening three new stations in three months

Nexus and Kier Construction: Metro Flow

Stadler and VolkerFitzpatrick: new state-of-the-art depot at Gosforth

Innovation of the Year

LNER: Deer strike deterrent trial

Rail Delivery Group: Green Travel Pledge

South Western Railway: Trak'a'thon

Stadler, Liverpool City Region and Merseyrail: Battery train for the Liverpool City Region

VTG Rail UK & Knorr-Bremse: iWagon with digital intelligence

Marketing & Communications Excellence

CrossCountry: Take us on your journey

East Midlands Railway: Luton Airport Express

Nexus: Metro Flow: Winning over customers and our community

Translink: Enterprise 75

West Midlands Trains: Encouraging modal shift through insight-driven marketing

Rail Freight & Logistics Excellence

GB Railfreight: Peterborough maintenance hub

Stobart: Curtain-sided boxes from Doncaster to Mossend

Rail Team of the Year

CrossCountry: East Midlands & East Anglia team

MTR Elizabeth line: Customer Experience Team

Rail Delivery Group and Network Rail: Smarter Information, Smarter Journeys cross-industry collaboration

Translink: NI Railways Customer Services Team

Regional Initiative of the Year

CAF Rail UK: New trains for Transport for Wales

GWR: Connecting Carmarthenshire

Nexus and Kier Construction: Metro Flow

Richard Hope Award

Chris Donovan, South Western Railway

Eddie Campbell, Translink

Helen Warnock, Network Rail Southern Region

Teresa Pearson, South Western Railway

Safety & Security Excellence

KeolisAmey Docklands: Custom House CCTV AI Trial

Network Rail, Southeastern Railways and One Big Circle: Thermal Video Monitoring from in-service fleet

Purple Transform: SiYtE: Using AI to make smarter safety decisions

SWGR: Digital infrastructure programme

Supplier & Contractor Excellence

CAF Rail UK: Delivering trains to serve every part of the UK

Diamond Rail Services and Siemens: Class 350/3 interior refurbishment

FES Group: Station cleaning on the Elizabeth Line

Stadler and VolkerFitzpatrick: New state-of-the-art depot at Gosforth

Trough-Tec Systems: Green Trough walkways for East West Rail

Sustainability & Environmental Excellence

Chiltern Railways: Implementation of HVO Fuel on Class 68s

Railway Project Services, West Midlands Trains and Thorlux: West Midlands LED station lighting project

The Tree Council and Network Rail: Managing vegetation for people and the planet

Train Operator of the Year

Greater Anglia

Hull Trains


MTR Elizabeth line

Wellbeing in Rail

GWR: Prioritising employee health and wellbeing

Ian Watson, TransPennine Express mental health advocate

Ricardo: UK Rail wellbeing strategy

Sarah Smith, Balfour Beatty Rail Early Careers Lead

South Western Railway: Health and wellbeing initiatives

Young Professional of the Year

Bryce Hunt, South Western Railway

Charlie Rawlings, AtkinsRéalis

Fran Coult, Alstom Transport

Joe Whalen, Railway Project Services

Scott McCloud, MTR Elizabeth line