Double nomination for train company

REGIONAL train operator One has received two nominations in the London Transport Awards for 2008.

REGIONAL train operator One has received two nominations in the London Transport Awards for 2008.

One is shortlisted in the “Rail Station of the Year” category for London Liverpool Street, one of the busiest stations in Europe with around 400,000 people using the station each day.

The train company is also jointly nominated, together with infrastructure operator Network Rail, in the “Transport Team/Partnership of the Year - Public Transport” category, for their joint performance plan which helped to improve punctuality during year from 87.5% to 89.8%.

Andrew Chivers, managing director at One, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in two categories at the forthcoming London Transport Awards.

“It is particularly pleasing that our joint partnership with Network Rail which is delivering improvements in train service performance has been recognised by the judges, in addition to the shortlisting for London Liverpool Street station, the gateway to the City of London.”

The London Transport Awards, which are held in association with Transport Times and with the support of Transport for London, London Councils, London First and London TravelWatch, will be presented on Wednesday, February 27, by broadcaster Jeremy Vine at a ceremony to be held in central London.

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One's sister company, c2c, which is also part of the National Express Group and operates in south Essex, has received three nominations in the awards, for “Public Transport Operator of the Year”, “Most Innovative Transport Project - Public Transport” and “Transport Team/Partnership of the Year - Public Transport” categories.

Meanwhile, One has begun work on a major improvement scheme at Colchester station in partnership with Network Rail.

The work includes an investment by One of £265,000 to refurbish the passenger subway at the station, including new walls, flooring, stairs and lighting, plus new visual displays and CCTV improvements.

Station manager Neil O'Hare said: “The subway has remained largely unaltered since the station was remodelled in the 1960s and has become increasingly difficult to maintain and properly clean, giving a poor first impression of the station.

“The refurbishment project is designed to vastly improve the passenger subway and we look forward to unveiling a bright, more customer-friendly area in mid-March. Customers using the subway at present will be aware that access is necessarily restricted while the works are in progress, and we are grateful for their on-going patience and co-operation during this time.”