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.
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
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