Posted 12th February 2010 | 28 Comments
First sweeps the board at Rail Business Awards
FIRSTGROUP came out ahead of the competition at last night's Eversholt Rail Business Awards, held in London. First was named Business of the Year, and awards in individual categories also went to First Capital Connect, First Transpennine Express and First Great Western.
First's Business of the Year award was presented to the head of First's Rail Group, Mary Grant. She conceded that FCC has been hit by major difficulties over the winter, but said everyone was working hard to overcome them. She also pointed out that First Great Western had staged a major recovery from its performance and rolling stock problems three years ago, which led to a fares strike by commuters in the Bristol area.
When asked if First planned to bid for future franchises, she said only: "That's what we're about".
IRO Young Professional
Daniel Williams, First Capital Connect
Supplier Excellence of the Year
Associated British Ports
Railnews Internal Communications Excellence of the Year
First Capital Connect
PR Campaign of The Year
Rail Professional Marketing Campaign of the Year
Information Technology of the Year
Dept of Transport Station Excellence of the Year
Joint: Wood Lane, London Underground and Three Bridges, J Murphy Access for All Project
ATOC Integrated Transport Excellence
Kent Highway Services, Ashford's Future, Stagecoach and Sustrans
Rolling Stock Excellence of the Year
Hitachi Rail Europe
VTG Railfreight Excellence of the Year
Lafarge Cement UK
Safety & Security Excellence of the Year
Environmental Innovation of the Year
First Transpennine Express
Engineering Excellence of the Year
ATA Rail Business Manager of the Year
Lee Jones, Tube Lines
SSP Train Operator of the Year
First Great Western
Interfleet Technology Rail Business of the Year
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