West Midlands Metro has been put in the spotlight at a high-profile awards event, with both the operator and team behind the network’s expansion receiving a series of prestigious accolades.
While Metro operator, Midland Metro Limited (MML), was ‘Highly Commended’ in the hotly contested ‘Most Improved System’ category at the Global Light Rail Awards, two members of the team were also recognised at the industry event in London on Wednesday, October 6th.
Crew Supervisor Dan Jordan was highly commended in the Employee of the Year category for his work keeping colleagues safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Laville received a similar accolade as a ‘Rising Star’ of the light rail sector after successfully leading the implementation of a complex asset maintenance management project.
Sophie Allison, Metro Commercial Director, commented: “We are delighted that the West Midlands Metro was so well represented at these prestigious awards, and for recognition of the huge strides made towards delivering an even better service for customers as we look towards further expansion.
“To have two Metro employees ‘Highly Commended’ in different categories for their enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism also reflects the commitment of the Metro team to provide a safe and secure, reliable and sustainable service for our customers.”
Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), which is planning and delivering a number of tramway extensions on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), scooped top honours in the Outstanding Engineering Achievement category for the complexity of the design and delivery of work currently underway at Lower Bull Street in Birmingham City Centre on the new Delta Junction.
It was also highly commended in the Project of the Year category for the Westside Metro extension project to Edgbaston Village while Marta Gasch Bielsa, who is leading the Metro extension project that will see trams extend out to Digbeth High Street, was named Rising Star.