Rail firm on track for awards success

BUSINESS is on track for a Northumberland train operator as it scoops another two national awards.

Northern Rail has been praised for both its health and safety record and environmental programme in two separate awards held recently in Birmingham.

It won the Transport, Storage and Distribution Industry Sector category at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards for the third year running.

Two years ago it also won the awards’ highest accolade, the Sir George Earle Trophy, which can only be won once in a company’s history.

The scheme looks at accident records, health and safety management systems and working practices.

RoSPA Awards Manager David Rawlins said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition.

“Northern Rail has shown that it’s committed to striving for continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award.”

The company also won the Sustainable Business of the Year title at the Environment and Energy Awards.

Judges recognised the company’s commitment to becoming the most sustainable rail operator in the UK and said it had gone over and above what it needs to deliver.

Northern Rail Head of Sustainability Karen Booth said: “We are completely committed to our sustainability programme and are constantly reviewing our practices to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the environment.”