Light Rail Awards 2011

Norman Baker at the 2011 Light Rail Awards Norman Baker at the 2011 Light Rail Awards
Worldwide winners at the 2011 Light Rail Awards

The Honourable Artillery Company in London was a splendid venue for hosting the 2011 Light Rail Awards on Wednesday 5th October.

With over 200 guests from all over the world, the International interest in this years event was extraordinary, highlighting the significance of Light Rail on a global scale.

Special thanks go to The Master of Ceremonies of the evening, respected broadcaster and news correspondent Nicholas Owen, who himself is a self-confessed supporter of Light Rail.

We would also like to thank Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, for his involvement, speaking and presenting awards, particularly as his schedule is very demanding.


The fast-improving Tyne & Wear Metro has been named as 'the best in the UK' in front of an assembled audience of senior decision-makers from the global industry at the prestigious 2011 Light Rail Awards held in London. The awards ceremony, now in its fifth year and held in association with Tramways & Urban Transit, also recognised Bergen's Bybanen in Norway as Worldwide Project of the Year for its outstanding brand new light rail system that opened in June 2010.
The Operator of the Year accolade awarded to DB Regio Tyne & Wear recognises the company's success in its first 16 months in charge of Newcastle-upon-Tyne area urban rail services. Passengers have been treated to extra services, more staff on the ground, cleaner, brighter and more reliable trains, and as the judges said: 'Above all, dead-straight honesty'.
Bybanen Bergen Light Rail, which has recently completed its first light rail line, has already done wonders cleaning up the once heavily polluted city, and was named as Worldwide Project of the Year despite keen competition from Gold Coast Rapid Transit (Australia), Angers (France), Dallas (USA), and Miskolc (Hungary).
The newly-opened tramway line 1 in Murcia (Spain) was given special praise for its campaign of persuading passengers to surrender their cars in return for lifetime season tickets, as was Midland Metro for its sterling efforts to clean up the environment in one of the most difficult areas of the West Midlands of the UK.
Manchester Metrolink was honoured three times for the high quality of delivery with its ongoing 65km (40-mile) expansion of the city's light rail network, and international consultant Mott MacDonald was also recognised for its consultancy expertise. Bombardier Transportation was named as 2011 Worldwide Supplier of the Year.
The audience gave a standing ovation for the London Tramlink team for their amazing achievement in restoring a full service within just four days after July's rioting destroyed the system's main artery.

Congratulations to all the Highly Commended and Winners listed below.

LIGHT RAIL AWARDS 2011
WINNERS LIST
 
BEST CUSTOMER INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR          
Highly Commended: Serco Docklands –Ambassadors and Accessibility
Winner: National Express, Midland Metro – Communications Upgrade
 
SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Highly Commended: MPT Consortium – Manchester Metrolink Phase 3
Winner: Mott MacDonald
 
INNOVATION OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY ARUP
Highly Commended: Centro – Community Payback Project
Winner: AlstomAPPITRACK
 
MOST SIGNIFICANT SAFETY INITIATIVE – SPONSORED BY MOTT MACDONALD
Highly Commended: Nexus – Interactive Safety Teaching Pack
Winner: Transport for Greater Manchester – Metrolink School Engagement Project
 
ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Highly Commended: Veolia Transdev, Dublin – Green Week at Red Cow Depot
Winner: Tranvía de Murcia, Spain
 
EMPLOYEE/TEAM OF THE YEAR
Highly Commended: ManchesterMetrolink – Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Team
Highly Commended: Serco Docklands – Closures Team
Winner: British Transport Police, East Croydon
 
CAMPAIGNER OF THE YEAR
Mike Connelly
 
PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Highly Commended: Centro – Great Charles Street Bridge
Winner: Transport for Greater Manchester and MPact-Thales – Manchester Metrolink extensions
 
WORLDWIDE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bombardier Transportation
 
WORLDWIDE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Special Mention: Miskolc, Hungary– Green Arrow Project
Highly Commended: Gold Coast Rapid Transit, Australia
Highly Commended: DallasArea Rapid Transit – Green Line, USA
Highly Commended: AngersTramway, France
Winner: Bybanen Bergen Light Rail, Norway
 
OPERATOR THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF
Special Mention: Veolia Transdev, Dublin
Winner: DB Regio Tyne & Wear
 
JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Winner: LondonTramlink Recovery Team