National Rail Awards recognise industry achievement

Train drivers who saved lives and a railwayman with 58 years of service who helps passengers at London’s Waterloo station are among those whose achievements have been celebrated at a ceremony in London.

Now in its 20th year, the National Rail Awards exists to recognise excellence in Britain’s rail industry - a sector in which real achievements can be overlooked by the wider media.

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards handed out the awards on September 19, which celebrated outstanding contributions and a host of innovations and successes across Britain’s railway.

We hope all our winners, highly commendeds and guests all had a wonderful evening. 

Full list of 2019 winners and highly commended can be viewed here.

View a full gallery of images from the fabulous evening.

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The National Rail Awards 2019 Guest Host - Huw Edwards

Our host for the 2019 awards, back by popular demand, is Huw Edwards, anchor of Britain's most popular TV news bulletin, BBC’s Ten O'Clock News.

Originally a Parliamentary Correspondent, Huw has since won a BAFTA award, made a cameo appearance in the Bond movie Skyfall and commentated on Barack Obama’s inauguration from a Washington rooftop. He has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and major figures in all areas of public life.

Huw combines newsroom duties with presenting major state events, from Trooping the Colour to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He has filmed The History of Wales and made documentaries on Gladstone and Mozart, among many others, and regularly visits schools as ambassador for BBC News School Report.

Huw has a natural warmth and authority as an awards host and conference chair. He is also a gifted raconteur with a ready wit, as demonstrated in the panel game Would I Lie To You?