Outstanding innovations rewarded

The best innovations in the rail industry were in the spotlight at the annual Railway Industry Innovation Awards, held in London on 23 June.

The awards, the longest-standing within the industry, invite entries from firms in all areas of the industry across seven categories. Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, was guest of honour and keynote speaker at the 2017 ceremony, and used his speech to highlight the importance of innovations in improving the passenger experience.

The winners of the 2017 awards were as follows:

Environment
Winner – Freyssinet, ElevArch bridge raising system
Highly commended – Vivarail, battery D train; Turbo Power Systems, static converter for Mk 3 carriages

Cross-industry partnership
Winner – Atkins, Carillion Buckingham joint venture, Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, RSK and Siemens, East West Rail project
Highly commended – Unipart Rail and VolkerRail, Overhead line equipment facilities; Bombardier, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains and Voyager Leasing, 58th Voyager trainset

Passenger experience
Winner – SilverRail, account-based travel
Highly commended – London Midland, Icomera, Whoosh, VCCP, Motion infotainment system; Parkeon, IRIS video ticket vending machines

Judges’ special award for Wi-Fi innovation – Nomad Digital, live broadcast TV

Operations and performance
Winner – Tracsis, TRACS enterprise resource management and planning system
Highly commended – Multipulse, GSM-R driver simulator; Incremental Solutions, Sentinel live fleet management system

Small scale project
Winner – Virgin Trains East Coast, Explorer app
Highly commended – SNC-Lavalin, Signal Sighting Form Tool; Amco, Liverpool Central tunnel high level neck

Engineering and safety
Winner – Porterbrook, Greater Anglia and partners, Class 156 wheel slide protection fitment
Highly commended – Keltbray Rail, Zeck wiring machine; Atkins, digitally enabling electrification

Major project
Winner – Northern Hub Alliance, Ordsall Chord

A full write-up of the awards will appear in the August 2017 issue of Modern Railways.