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Global Light Rail Awards celebrate outstanding achievement

By Martin Farrow

Guests from around the world gathered to celebrate another year of outstanding achievement and innovation at the Global Light Rail Awardsat London’s Honourable Artillery Company last night, (Wednesday, October 2).

Well-known as the industry’s ‘Oscars’, the judging panel evaluated submissions in 17 categories, noting that, “this was one of the toughest years yet to choose the winners. It is fantastic to see so many joint entries, showing that industry partners are sharing best practice and expertise as we all look to bring down costs, improve safety and sustainability and deliver the best possible passenger experience.”

The 2019 event, organised by Mainspring and supported by industry publication Tramways & Urban Transit, was hosted by respected broadcaster and journalist Nicholas Owen. The headline supporter for another year was London Trams operator Tram Operations Limited.

UK Light Rail Minister Baroness Vere said:“Light rail is a fantastic, environmentally-friendly way of getting around and I congratulate this year’s winners.

“We want to lead by example, which is why we are investing heavily to explore how the industry can continue to grow, as set out in our Call for Evidence launched earlier this year.I look forward to working with the industry to ensure it continues to thrive.”

Mainspring Managing Director Matt Johnston said:“It’s been another spectacular for light rail development around the world. We’ve seen more cities adopt light rail as a solution to the issue of growing populations, reducing congestion and tackling the related air quality issues. Hundreds of expansion projects have also been completed and thousands of new vehicles delivered.

“This all further proves what we’ve been saying for years: light rail is good for cities, good for business, good for the environment and, most importantly of all, good for passengers. Wise investment in tramway and light rail solutions is an important investment in the future, and our creative and vibrant supply chain is more than ready to deliver.”

The full list of winners as follows:

Best Customer Initiative – Sponsored by North Star Consultancy

WINNER: KeolisAmey Docklands

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Keolis Dijon Mobilités

Significant Safety Initiative – Sponsored by Mott MacDonald

WINNER: Tram Operations Limited

HIGHLY COMMENDED: West Midlands Metro

Best Environmental & Sustainability Initiative

WINNER: MPT

HIGHLY COMMENDED: KeolisAmey Metrolink

Technical Innovation of the Year (Infrastructure) – Sponsored by UKTram

WINNER: Mott MacDonald & MPT

HIGHLY COMMENDED: British Steel

Technical Innovation of the Year (Rolling Stock) – Sponsored by UKTram

WINNER: Project BRAINSTORM

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Keolis Dijon Mobilités

Outstanding Engineering Achievement

WINNER: West Midlands Metro

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aarhus Letbane

Project of the Year <€50m

WINNER: CAF Urbos

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Renovation Programme

Project of the Year >€50m – Sponsored by the Midland Metro Alliance

WINNER: Jabodebek LRT Project, Jakarta

HIGHLY COMMENDED: UK Tram-Train Pilot

Supplier of the Year – Sponsored by Keolis

WINNER: Mott MacDonald

HIGHLY COMMENDED: British Steel

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ian Rowe Associates

Manufacturer of the Year

WINNER:CAF

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Stadler Rail

Rising Star – Sponsored by ColTram& Mainspring

WINNER: Steve Mabey – KeolisAmey Metrolink

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mariya Vacheva – Tram Operations Limited

Employee of the Year – Sponsored by MPact-Thales

WINNER: Tom Maplethorpe – Colas Rail / Midland Metro Alliance

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kenny Ewan – CAF

Team of the Year – Sponsored by MPact-Thales

WINNER: SYPTE / Network Rail / Stagecoach Supertram

HIGHLY COMMENDED: West Midlands Metro

Most Improved System

WINNER: Nottingham Express Transit

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Edinburgh Trams

Operator of the Year – Sponsored by Tramways & Urban Transit

WINNER: KeolisAmey Docklands

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Blackpool Transport Services

Vision of the Year – Sponsored by Colas Rail

WINNER: Australia’s light rail vision

HIHGLY COMMENDED: SYSTRA – Automated and Autonomous Public Transport framework

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Transport for Greater Manchester & KeolisAmey Metrolink – Being ‘the best’

Judges’ Special Award – Sponsored by TramFoward

Jan Svacina – KeolisAmey Metrolink

Photo: M. Graham/ Mainspring

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