A NORTH East train operator has scooped an industry safety award.
East Coast has earned the prestigious Golden Whistle award in the Operational Safety Train Driving category.
The annual award is organised by the Institution of Railway Operators and trade magazine Modern Railways to promote high standards of operating practice.
The safety gong recognises achievement in tackling the four risk areas of signals passed at danger, failure to call at a station as scheduled, activation of the Train Protection Warning System and trains stopping short of the platform.
The award was based on operational data collected from all train operators and interpreted by senior railway executives.