5th September 2007

Northern Rail, together with Metro, Yorkshire Forward and other partners, won the Outstanding Teamwork award at the National Rail Awards, which celebrate excellence and achievement in the UK rail industry, in a ceremony held last night (Wednesday, 5 September 2007) at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

The accolade was awarded for a joint £20m project to introduce extra trains to meet growing demand in Yorkshire.

Commenting on the award, the judges said: “The entry stood head and shoulders above the others and is a worthy National Rail Awards winner because it demonstrates how teamwork can solve the apparently insolvable”.

Heidi Mottram, Managing Director, Northern Rail said: “To win the outstanding teamwork award is a great achievement and fantastic recognition of the hard work of everyone at Northern Rail and our partners.”

Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes said: “I am delighted that Metro and its partners Yorkshire Forward and Northern Rail have received this award for Outstanding Teamwork. This project has brought significant benefits to our rail passengers in West Yorkshire. Metro is committed to putting the passenger first, and this award is recognition that partnership working can and does have a positive effect on the running of the network.”

This latest award follows the company’s success at the National Transport Awards in July when the same team won Transport Team of the Year and Northern Rail was voted Public Transport Operator of the Year.


Notes to editors
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Northern is the country’s largest train operating company, with over 2,500 train services every weekday calling at 529 stations in the North West, North East and Yorkshire/Humberside regions, representing 20% of the national rail network.

Northern is a Serco-NedRailways joint venture.