EVERYONE INVOLVED in the first National Rail Awards last year hailed it as a massive success.
This year's Awards dinner will again be held at the London Hilton in Park Lane on 6 September and, following a turbulent year post-Hatfield, should give the industry a much needed boost.
Entry forms are now available for this year's competition, and with the events of the past few months in mind, there is now a new special award. 'Back on Track' will reward the person or company to have done the most to win back passenger confidence.
Backed jointly by NCE, Rail magazine and Angel trains, the awards are designed to reward excellence in an industry that now more than ever needs to demonstrate its commitment to its customers.
'Whatever the wider world thinks of the railway, it is crucial that we don't bury our heads in the sand and become defensive, ' said award director Clive Nicholls.
'Let us not forget to salute excellence and achievement, ' he added. 'Yes there are problems - but there are also plenty of new ideas, exciting developments and groundbreaking activities to be proud of and it's crucial that the industry remembers to acknowledge and salute these.'