At this year’s rail industry’s Golden Spanner awards, ScotRail celebrated success with multiple wins.
At the annual awards ceremony held in the Connaught Rooms, in Holborn, London, on Friday, 26 November, ScotRail was awarded four Bronze Spanners.
The Golden Spanners trophies feature that essential element of train maintenance, a spanner. They are in recognition of the best of rolling stock maintenance and awarded to companies that have made the greatest strides in train reliability, as measured by MTIN (Miles per Technical Incident).
ScotRail’s electric fleet of Class 334, Class 320, and Class 380 trains, which are all maintained at the operator’s Shields Road depot in Glasgow, picked up a Bronze Spanner, as did its Class 170 fleet which is maintained at Haymarket depot in Edinburgh. Bronze Spanners reflect how quickly problems take to fix to get trains back on the move and complete their journey when a technical problem occurs.
The Golden Spanner awards cover train reliability over a twelve-month period. Trains are split into categories based on their age and type: Most Reliable (Gold); Most Improved Reliability (Silver); and Fastest Incident Recovery (Bronze).
The awards ceremony, organised by trade publication Modern Railways, is valued highly within the rail industry as awards are decided based purely on data reported to Rail Delivery Group each month.
Gareth Rollings, ScotRail Head of Depots, said:
“To collect one prize at the Golden Spanner Awards is always a great achievement, but to pick up four is absolutely fantastic.
“These wins are testament to the hard work and dedication of our fleet engineering team who go above and beyond each and every day to ensure issues are resolved and trains are back in service as quickly as possibly following an incident. I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”