Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail, 2014–2018, presented the 2018 National Railway Heritage Awards at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Wednesday 5 December.
The Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award was made to the Landmark Trust for the restoration of the railway cottage at Coed y Bleiddiau on the Ffestiniog Railway.
The Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award, recognising the best use of traditional craft skills in the restoration of a building or structure, was jointly awarded to Network Rail and Colt Construction Ltd for the restoration of the clock tower at Cleethorpes Station and to Historic Environment Scotland for the engine shed at Stirling.
The Bombardier Crossrail Award for Urban Heritage was made to Galliford Try for the striking restoration of the roof at Carlisle Station.
The London Under- ground Operational Enhancement Award recognises significant operational improvements at a station that respects its heritage character. It went to the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust for the restoration of the original waiting room at Goathland Station and the creation of a new shop.
This year’s BAM Nuttall Structures Restoration Award for the best restored structure, such as a viaduct or tunnel, was made to Network Rail for work undertaken in refurbishing and strengthening Cynghordy Viaduct on the scenic Central Wales line between Shrewsbury and Swansea.
The winner of the Supporters Award was HS1 Limited for the reinstated drinking fountain at St Pancras International Station for the best small project entered into the competition.
The Stagecoach Volunteers Award was made to Network Rail whose staff had voluntarily undertaken the restoration of the signs on the East Coast main line in Scotland highlighting the distances to London – 350 miles – and Edinburgh – 50 miles.
The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the best restored structure supported by funding from the Trust was won by Network Rail for the restoration of the footbridge, canopies and signal box at Worksop Station.
The Siemens Signalling Award was made to the Bluebell Railway for the signalling work undertaken at Sheffield Park Station to replace the LB&SCR signals.
The Hendy & Pendle Trust Commercial Restoration Award was made to the Ouseburn Leisure Group Ltd for the conversion work undertaken on the waiting room at Durham Station.
The award for the best overall entry in this year’s competition, named this year in tribute to the late Sir William McAlpine Bt, went to Network Rail and Taziker International for the massive programme that has seen the country’s longest railway viaduct – the Tay Bridge – fully refurbished.