Network Rail’s chairman gave a well-received speech at the Awards focusing on investment, innovation, and skills for the future. The beginning of the speech is below but play the video and listen to the full version.
Thank you Josh, and good evening railway people! I don’t know about you, but that video really made me feel proud of this industry, and also reminded me – what a great time to be part of this industry. A fabulous time, when so much is going on that’s all positive. It’s a really great pleasure for me to be asked to give this address at the inaugural UK Rail Industry Awards.
I think it says something about the appetite for an event like this, not just to see so many distinguished guests here supporting the event, but also to see the quite exceptional level of entries, 239 across the 18 categories. It’s fantastic to see so many people here supporting the nominees.
But the whole industry can be proud of the people and the work we’ll hear about this evening. I’d also like to thank the sponsors of tonight’s event, and all of the judges, who have given their time to make what I’m sure must have been some really tough decisions about who the winners are. Without them, this evening would not have happened.
I’d also like to welcome the launch of the UK Rail Industry Training Trust. I very much hope it succeeds in its ambitions and continues to build the understanding of young people as to what a career in the industry could mean for them.
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