Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rail Freight Group Selects Industry Award Winners

International Port Operator Takes Business of the Year Title
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UK – DP World’s work on the London Gateway Project and at Southampton's Maritime Rail Terminal were singled out by the judges when the Rail Freight Group (RFG) selected DP World as the winner of its coveted Business of the Year award. In particular, the company’s involvement in ‘helping move the rail freight industry forward and setting the standard to which others should follow’ was cited as the principal reason for the selection.

Judges said DP World is a key player in building the future for rail freight and were extremely impressed with how the company has delivered ‘consistently strong projects and initiatives with a high degree of focus on customer care’ going on to say ‘DP World has shown a strong willingness to invest in its services and go beyond its call of duty, which has resulted in tangible benefits and performance improvements.’

The winner of the overall Business of the Year award is selected from all the entries and based on successful all-round performance throughout the judging period. A number of companies won awards on the night helping make the evening a huge success and on the night some £2,165 was also raised for the Railway Benefit Fund, the chosen charity of the RFG Awards Dinner. Tony Berkeley, RFG Chairman, said:

“These awards recognise and celebrate all those who have strived to deliver even greater successes in an increasingly demanding rail freight market. I would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone in DP World’s team involved with these fantastic projects and the further enhancement of rail freight in the UK. The RFG awards continue to go from strength-to-strength and we encourage all our members to consider entering. They are well known for being different to other award events, apart from being the only awards dinner dedicated to rail freight, they are informal, which is always really appreciated by all of our guests.”

Other winners on the night included:

Customer Care: Network Rail Freight Team

Environmental Innovation: Direct Rail Services Ltd

Technical Development: Interfleet

Railfreight Project of the year: Drax

Support Service Provider of the year: Electromotive Diesel Ltd

Outstanding Individual Contribution: John Gallagher, DB Schenker Rail UK.

Photo: Sponsors Simon Coppen of Burges Salmon and John Smith of GB Railfreight (GBRf) presented the Awards at the dinner at Shendish Manor in Hertfordshire.