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Global Light Rail Awards

Wednesday November 11, 2020

Recognising excellence and innovation in the global light and urban rail sector

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Entries for 2020 now open!

Click on the following categories to download the relevant entry form.

Best Customer Initiative
Best Environmental and Sustainability Initiative
Employee-Team of the Year
Judges’ Special Award
Manufacturer of the Year
Most Improved System
Operator of the Year
Outstanding Engineering Achievement
Project of the Year <EUR50m
Project of the Year >EUR50m
Rising Star Award
Significant Safety Initiative
Supplier of the Year
Technical Innovation of the Year
Vision of the Year

Now is the time to recognise the achievements of your organisation at the Global Light Rail Awards.

One of the annual highlights of the industry calendar, this glittering ceremony gives you global recognition for your latest project, product or initiative – celebrating your excellence within our vibrant and fast-paced sector.

Previous winners have come from all four corners of the globe, demonstrating exemplary customer focus, outstanding teamwork and individual achievement and game-changing innovation.

Guests from around the world gathered to celebrate another year of outstanding achievement and innovation at the Global Light Rail Awards at London’s Honourable Artillery Company on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Well-known as the industry’s ‘Oscars’, the judging panel evaluated submissions in 17 categories, noting that “this was one of the toughest years yet to choose the winners. It was fantastic to see so many joint entries, showing that industry partners are sharing best practice and expertise as we all look to bring down costs, improve safety and sustainability and deliver the best possible passenger experience.”

The 2019 event, organised by Mainspring and supported by industry publication Tramways & Urban Transit, was hosted by respected broadcaster and journalist Nicholas Owen. The headline supporter for another year was London Trams operator Tram Operations Limited.

UK Light Rail Minister Baroness Vere said:“Light rail is a fantastic, environmentally-friendly way of getting around and I congratulate this year’s winners.

“We want to lead by example, which is why we are investing heavily to explore how the industry can continue to grow, as set out in our Call for Evidence launched earlier this year.I look forward to working with the industry to ensure it continues to thrive.”

Mainspring Managing Director Matt Johnston said: “It’s been another spectacular for light rail development around the world. We’ve seen more cities adopt light rail as a solution to the issue of growing populations, reducing congestion and tackling the related air quality issues. Hundreds of expansion projects have also been completed and thousands of new vehicles delivered.

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Preparations are already underway for the 2020 Global Light Rail Awards, so to find out how you can become part of it, call +44 (0)1733 367610 or email

For a detailed report, see the December 2019 issue of Tramways and Urban Transit.

Photos of the 2019 ceremony


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