Southern Railway has been short-listed for National Rail Awards in eight out of the 14 categories.

In appreciation for maintaining the service during last year’s snow and ice, which was attributable to the development of a new strategy that allowed for drawing power from the third rail, Southern is nominated for an Engineering Excellence Award.

Southern is also up for the Safety and Security excellence award after an ‘Eyewitness’ programme was developed in order to fight against crime and anti-social behaviour aboard its services.

Southern has also been praised for effectively tackling the problem of overcrowded trains in busier times, something which can be especially troublesome for disabled passengers, and so secured the nomination for Rolling Stock Excellency.

As the users of Uckfield station can now enjoy new seats and a shelter, provided after a few years of renovation, Southern also received a nomination for the Station Excellence Award.

David Walker, 30, is a proud nominee for the Young Professional of the Year as he proved his expertise, knowledge and experience, despite the fact he has only worked for Southern Railway for five years, holding position of Head of Train Specification and Planning.

Southern’s Loco Toledo is nominated for the Rail Professional Marketing Campaign Category. A part of the franchise was the launching of Southern’s improved website, which is now more customer-friendly.

Southern’s managing director, Chris Burchell, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. We have been working hard over the past year to improve all aspects of the passenger experience and to be recognised in this way shows that we are moving in the right direction.

“Of course, I am hopeful that we will be successful at the awards, but the real reward comes from the improvements our passengers experience as a result of these innovative projects.”

The results will be announced on 17 February.

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