Many of Wales’ leading transport professionals gathered for the annual CILT Cymru-Wales National Transport Awards in Cardiff on Friday 22 June.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the 2012 Awards from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT) saw some of the best and brightest of Wales’ transport professionals receive one of the prestigious awards at the ceremony, held for the second time at Cardiff City Hall.
This year’s winners were:
R T Wynn Medallion for the Best Student Paper Anthony Bubb
This was judged to be well written and influenced and showing original thought.
Training/Development of People First Great Western
The creation of an apprenticeship scheme attracting young entrants into the business and industry has already started providing benefits for this company.
Travel Demand Management Traveline Cymru
An imaginative, innovative and nationwide programme of work to influence demand for travel.
Partnership Pembrokeshire County Council
Its Fishguard & Goodwick Station project showed how to grasp an opportunity despite a challenging timescale. The fast track approach to station re-opening should become a template for future developments.
Excellence in Passenger Transport Caerphilly County Council
The Caerphilly Sunday programme showed how to rationalise a difficult set of choices in today’s constrained business environment.
Transport Policy, Planning and Implementation Carmarthenshire County Council
A policy developed and delivered with clear objectives and a joined up approach to dealing with transport planning issues.
Innovative Solutions First Great Western
Using innovative technology enabling better speed control of trains has led to many benefits – from increased fuel efficiency and reduced wear and tear on braking systems to improved reliability for customers.
Wales Transport Professional(s) of the Year Richard Jones
This award recognises Richard Jones crucial contribution to the effective and sustainable development of Lloyd’s Coaches on all fronts. He has overseen the development of a successful small bus and coach company into a fully professional 21st Century operation, capable of competing effectively with the major international conglomerates, whilst retaining the valued small family company ethos.
One final award, for her outstanding support for the work of CILT, went to Institute Board member and popular former Regional Officer Margaret Everson FCILT. This was doubly deserved as Margaret has been one of the main organisers of the Awards since their inception.
Richard Brown CBE FCILT, Chairman of Eurostar, a former President of CILT, and Ambassador for CILT’s Rail Professional Sector, was guest speaker. In this Olympic Games year – with the first football event taking place in Cardiff, and as Wales looks forward to electrification of the rail line to London – Richard said that the profile and challenge of a career in transport in Wales make it uniquely rewarding today.
Over the past decade, the event has become an annual fixture in the transport calendar. Major sponsors this year were ABP South Wales, First UK Bus Division and the University of Glamorgan.