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NORTHERN RAIL WINS PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

16th August 2007

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Northern Rail has been voted public transport operator of the year in the National Transport Awards 2007.

The judges praised the company, which runs local and regional trains across the north of England, for its success in attracting 20% more passengers since it started in 2004.

Northern Rail, together with West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Yorkshire Forward and other partners, also won the transport team of the year award for a joint £20m project to introduce extra trains to meet growing demand in Yorkshire.

Heidi Mottram, Managing Director, Northern Rail, said: "These awards are fantastic recognition of the hard work of everyone at Northern Rail and our partners in the two and a half years since we started operating. I would also like to thank passengers for their support for Northern Rail, particularly during the recent severe weather."

The judges chose Northern Rail as public transport operator of the year in front of two other train operators and two bus companies.

They said: "The Northern Rail joint venture of Serco and NedRailways successfully combined two rail franchises and has presided over rising customer satisfaction.

"The company joined forces with local councils to improve and refurbish stations in the area, helping to achieve big increases in passenger numbers."