Spencer named Transport Supplier of the Year in prestigious UK industry awards

Spencer is celebrating once again after scooping one of the transport industry’s top accolades.

The Hull-based rail infrastructure company was named Transport Supplier of the Year in the National Transport Awards 2014 at a glittering ceremony in London on October 2.

The award comes on the back of Spencer winning the Best Large Project on Britain’s Railways in 2013-14 at the Network Rail Partnerships Awards 2014 earlier this year for its work on a major rail improvement scheme in Ipswich.

David McLoughlin, managing director at Spencer Group, praised his team for its continued determination to remain a leading rail supplier in the UK.

“I am delighted that Spencer has once again been awarded one of the UK rail industry’s most prestigious awards. It is testament to the continued hard work and efforts of all at Spencer that, as a business, we have been named as Transport Supplier of the Year – an award that is open to all suppliers across all modes of transport, not just rail.

“Our entry highlighted Spencer’s innovative and multi-disciplinary capabilities that we have employed throughout the UK in 2013/14 while working on a number of large, challenging rail projects.

“I would like to thank my whole team at Spencer for its unrivalled commitment and fantastic work ethic, which without, we would not be able to deliver the brilliant works we do and be continually recognised in the industry’s most sort after awards.”

The awards, which were held at Westminster Park Plaza, were hosted by radio and television presenter Jeremy Vine. They attracted more than 600 senior transport professionals including Transport Minister Claire Perry MP who delivered the keynote address.

The judging panel, chaired by Professor David Begg, chief executive at Transport Times, was made up of Graham Pendlebury, director – Local Transport, DfT, Andy Southern, managing director of Transport and Planning, Atkins, Anthony Smith, chief executive, Passenger Focus, Stephen Joseph, executive director, Campaign for Better Transport, and Louise Ellman, chair, Transport Select Committee.



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The full list of award winners and those who were highly commended is as follows:


Transport Local Authority of the Year

Winner: Luton Borough Council – Luton is Open for Business

Highly Commended: Portsmouth City Council


Judges Special Award for Outstanding Performance

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)


Improvements to Bus Services

Winner: First Group  – First Glasgow’s network redesign – simplicity (review after Commonwealth Games)

Highly Commended: Brighton & Hove City Council – Brighton & Hove City Council: Lewes Road Sustainable Transport Corridor


Excellence in Cycling and Walking

Winner: Glasgow City Council – Connect 2 & Glasgow Cycle Network Plan

Highly Commended: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council – Swansea Bay Cycle Routes


Road Safety, Traffic Management & Enforcement

Winner: BAM Morgan Sindall & Highways Agency  – BAM Morgan Sindall Smart Motorways Framework

Highly Commended: Brighton & Hove City Council – Seven Dials Road Safety Scheme


Rail Operator of the Year



Ferry Operator of the Year

Caledonian MacBrayne


Bus Operator of the Year

Winner: Reading Buses

Highly Commended: Lothian Buses


Airline of the Year



Rail Station of the Year

Glasgow Central Station


Port of the Year

Winner: Port of Tyne

Highly Commended: ABP Port of Southampton – investing for the future


Airport of the Year

Winner: Heathrow Terminal 5

Highly Commended: Edinburgh


Transport Supplier of the Year

Winner: Spencer – Innovation and multi-disciplinary capabilities employed throughout the UK in 2013/14


Contribution to Sustainable Transport

Winner: Slough Borough Council – Reducing Carbon Emissions and Improving Air Quality in Slough

Highly Commended:HS1 & Network Rail


Most Innovative Transport Project

Joint Winners: Transport for London – The London Underground Control Centre

Joint Winners: Merseytravel – Merseytravel’s Young People’s Affordability Project


Excellence in Technology

Winner: Arriva – Electric Bus Project – Milton Keynes

Highly Commended: Basemap Ltd – Visography TRACC: Transport accessibility software


Transport Team/Partnership of the Year

Winner: National Express – The Transforming Bus Travel partnership – Centro & National Express West Midlands


Travel Information & Marketing     

Winner: First West of England – A Fare Hearing For Bristol

Highly Commended: Norfolk County Council – Finding the right bus, right stop and right destination in Norwich City Centre


Frontline Employee of the Year

Wesley Felix, Transport for London


Clare Williams, Station Group Manager, Southern Railway

Jonathan Byrne, Customer Service Assistant, London Underground

Matt Lenton, Rail Neighbourhood Officer, Southern Railway

Neil Reid, Lothian Buses

Rebecca Ditchburn, Youth Liaison Officer, Nexus

Aktarul Miah, Transport for London


Construction and Engineering Project of the Year

Winner: DP World London Gateway


Outstanding Contribution to Transport

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of the Merseytravel Committee and General Purposes Sub Committee