The Shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 21st Rail Business Awards!


Congratulations to all our finalists and many thanks to our judging panel. 

The winners will be revealed on Thursday 21st February 2019 at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London.

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Accessibility & Integrated Transport Excellence


assist-Mi (part of Grid Smarter Cities), Project SMART (Spontaneous Mobile Accessible Rail Travel)

Great Western Railway, South Western and Network Rail, Delivering the right Royal experience

Tyne and Wear Metro, Summer events in 2018

Asset Management & Maintenance Excellence

Davis Wagon Services Ltd, Ferrybridge Refurbishment

Network Rail, The Offering Rail Better Information Services (ORBIS)

Customer Service Excellence

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and Network Rail, Delivering the right Royal experience

KeolisAmey Docklands, PSA Personalised Announcements

ScotRail, ScotRail Customer Information Team

Southeastern and Worldline, Customer Information System

Digital Technology Excellence


GB Railfreight , RailSmart Remote Data Download and Rostering System

Network Rail , Signaller's Assistant route setting on MCS workstations

Network Rail, Serial Link Development (WNC+ Protocol)

The Thameslink Programme (Network Rail and Siemens Mobility) High Capacity Infrastructure Programme

Education & Training Excellence

Colas Rail UK, Early Careers

Furrer+Frey GB, STEM Programme

Great Western Railway, Developing Apprenticeships the GWR way

National College for High Speed Rail, Pioneering Technical Excellence

NG Bailey, LEAPing forward to deliver training excellence

Victa Railfreight Ltd, Providing education and training services for the UK rail industry

Young Rail Professionals, Professional Networking & Development Programme

Industry Leader of the Year

For the most outstanding industry leader within the UK rail sector. Nominations should include a brief explanation which may incorporate some or all of the following:

  • Demonstrating a level of industry statemanship and guardianship;
  • Identifying and addressing key business and industry issues;
  • Clear leadership within their organisation and public engagement;
  • A leader who has contributed to the growth of market share or development of new business for their organisation.

Bill Reeve, Director of Rail, Transport Scotland

Chris Gibb, Non-Executive Director, Network Rail

Ian Prosser CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Railways, ORR

Julian Drury, Managing Director, Trenitalia c2c

Infrastructure Project Excellence

Colas Rail UK, Wessex Capacity Alliance - Waterloo Upgrade

Network Rail – Infrastructure Projects Renewals LNE, MVL3/42 Standedge Aqueduct

SNC Lavalin’s Atkins Business, Liverpool Lime Street Station Capacity Enhancements

The Thameslink Programme (Network Rail, Siemens Mobility, Costain and Balfour Beatty), London Bridge Area Partnership

Worcestershire County Council, SLC Rail, Alun Griffiths, Jacobs, Tony Gee, Battenhall Railway Bridge

Lifetime Achievement Award

To recognise the achievements of an employee or manager from the UK rail sector, whether front-line or behind the scenes, in managerial, commercial, operational or engineering roles.

Criteria: Judges will be looking for a person who:

  • Has made an outstanding personal contribution to the rail industry;
  • Has always maintained high standards and contributed to the success of their business;
  • Has provided inspiration and encouragement to those around them;
  • Has supported the delivery of high quality services for the end customer and rail users;
  • Has consistently worked ‘above and beyond’ for the benefit of the whole rail sector.

Clive Williams, Network Rail

Don Buckley, South Western Railway

Lord Tony Berkeley, Former Chairman, Rail Freight Group

Marketing & Communications Excellence


East Midlands Trains, Derby Resignalling

Great Western Railway, Famous Five Go on a GWR Adventure

Greater Anglia, Improving how we look after ill passengers

Nexus, Winning grant funding for an essential new Metro fleet

Rail Freight & Logistics Excellence


Colas Rail & Tarmac, Oxwellmains - West Thurrock New Rail Flow

GB Railfreight

Port of Tilbury (London), Forth Ports Group, Reinvigorated rail freight

Rail Team of the Year


Chiltern Railways, Team Wembley

Great Western Railway and Network Rail, The Western Alliance

ScotRail, Communications Team

Rolling Stock Excellence


Eversholt Rail and Abellio ScotRail, Class 365 “Happy Trains” for ScotRail

Great Western Railway and Hitachi Rail Europe, Introducing Bi-Mode trains to the UK

Greater Anglia, Class 156 Wheel Slip Protection project

Siemens Mobility and Thameslink, Class 700 Desiro city train

Safety & Security Excellence


AmcoGiffen, Readibands, Lightfoot and Behavioural Safety

First Tram Operations, The Guardian Device

Great Western Railway, Tackling SPADS

McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure), SAM and SECURE

RSS Infrastructure, Innovation in Safety and Productivity

UK Security Shutters, Remote Access Security Shutter Entrance System to London Overground Rail Network

Supplier & Contractor Excellence


Garic, Plant and welfare facilities

Heathrow Airport, Camlin Rail, Pod Trak, Fairhurst & Partners and Network Rail - Project Pantobot 3D installation

NG Bailey, Providing excellence for the rail industry

PAULEY Interactive, Mixed Reality Technologies

Radical International, Innovative Fire Engineering Services

Scott Parnell, ArcoSystem Elevated trough / TouchSafe GRP Palisade

Sustainability & Environmental Excellence

Alstom, Plastic Awareness

AmcoGiffen, AmcoGiffen's Scotland Asset Management Team

Balfour Beatty, Thameslink Key Output 2 - Sustainability

Network Rail, Lincoln Eastern Bypass Rail Bridge Enhancement

ScotRail, Station Travel Plans

Technical Innovation Excellence


AB Hoses and Fittings, Class 221 Auto-Sander Development for Bombardier Transportation UK

Furrer+Frey GB, Bounds Green Depot for Moveable Electrification System for new Azuma Trains

Network Rail, Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme: Greehill Feeder Station

Siemens Mobility, Low Cost, Digital-Ready Solution for North Wales Railway Upgrade Project

SNC Lavalin’s Atkins Business, Old Oak Common Depot - Electrologixs™ Signalling System

Tracsis Travel Compensation Services (TTCS), TTCS Automated Delay Repay Claims Management System

Train Operator of the Year


Greater Anglia

KeolisAmey Docklands

Rail Operations Group

Women in Rail


Jenny Saunders, South Western Railway

Marianne Kilpatrick, SNC-Lavalin / Atkins

Steff Ferry, Rail Operations Group

Sutopa Paul, GWR

Tammy Samuel, Stephenson Harwood LLP

Young Professional of the Year

Adam Taylor, GB Railfreight

David Carns, RSS Infrastructure

Kelley Bissell, McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure)

Rebecca Meggs, McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure)

Ryan Coulson, Fourway

Stephen Head, South Western Railway