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Celebrating success…. virtually

Baroness Vere delivered a keynote address at November’s virtual Global Light Rail Awards, paying tribute to the dedication of everyone in the sector during such a challenging year. Image courtesy of Mainspring

Guests from 11 countries gathered to celebrate another year of outstanding achievement at the 2020 Global Light Rail Awards – held virtually on 11 November.

Now in its 14th year, the industry’s ‘Oscars’ saw entries from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia compete across 16 categories. Against a backdrop of unprecedented challenges, the expert judging panel noted “this was one of the toughest years yet to choose the winners. It is fantastic to see so many joint entries, showing that industry partners are sharing best practice and expertise as we look to bring down costs, improve safety and sustainability and deliver the best possible passenger experience.”

UK Light Rail Minister Baroness Vere delivered the event’s welcome address, saying: “During COVID-19, light rail services have been vital to our response to the pandemic. The incredible work of the entire industry and the countless stories of individuals delivering over and above in unprecedented circumstances, mean light rail will continue to play a vital role in the economy going forward.

“I want to pay tribute to all the winners, who delivered exceptional service in what has been a year in which light rail has shown the teamwork, creativity and innovation to maintain services during this difficult time.

“In England, we have provided grant funding of over GBP160m, reflecting just how important these services are for local economies and communities.”

Our review of the 2020 Global Light Rail Awards starts on page 15 of January’s TAUT.