Gary Briscoe wins Station Staff of the Year

Gary Briscoe

Gary Briscoe has won the Station Staff of the Year award at this year’s RailStaff Awards. The prize was presented by Pete Waterman and Grant McNab, marketing manager, Stobart Rail, which sponsored the Station Staff of the Year award.

Says Tom O’Connor, Rail Media Group, which organises the awards, ‘Congratulations to Gary Briscoe who exemplifies good friendly relations between railway station staff and the communities the railway serves. This award is a great testimony to the strength of all station staff. Congratulations to Gary.’

Gary Briscoe is an Acting Duty Manager (Station Retailer) for Merseyrail based on the Wirral Line. Gary takes great pride in and ownership of his station. Gary has through his own personal efforts fostered strong links with the local community. He has good contacts with the local police, the warden from the nature reserve behind the station and local residents. Gary was praised for helping a very ill, drunk and disorientated young woman who he found lying on the station road early one morning. He managed to find her address and drove her home himself.

Operating on Merseyside and Liverpool, the Merseyrail network has 66 stations spread across 75 miles of track, running underground and overground and carries over 100,000 passengers each day. Merseyrail runs 800 trains per day and has approximately 1,200 staff.

Stobart Rail, which sponsored the Station Staff of the Year award runs international freight trains through the Channel Tunnel and has pioneered supermarket deliveries by rail. The company operates nationally. Stobart trains have been responsible for taking dozens of long distance lorries off Britain’s congested roads every day, saving millions of lorry miles and massively reducing CO2 emissions. The Stobart Group recently opened a new station at London Southend Airport which it has substantially redeveloped.

The RailStaff Awards, now in its fourth year, celebrates the courage and heroism of the thousands of working people who make up Britain’s fast expanding rail industry. The RailStaff Awards is organised by the Rail Media Group, publishers of RailStaff, the leading industry newspaper specialising in good news stories about the railways and the people who work on them. RMG also publishes the rail engineer magazine taking an in-depth look at railway engineering developments. WWW.railwaypeople.com is a specialist rail recruitment web site also run by RMG. The next RailStaff Awards will be on 8th October 2011 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

Over 500 railway staff and their families attended the RailStaff Awards at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Pete Waterman hosted the evening which opened with brief speeches of welcome by Edward Welsh, director of corporate affairs at the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), and Iain Coucher, chief executive of Network Rail. ATOC and Network Rail are Associate Sponsors of the RailStaff Awards. After dinner comedian Alun Cochrane delighted the proceedings. Then, after the actual awards, railway staff danced the night away to live band, Fully FunKtional. ‘It was a great night out, a family get together and a celebration as well as a brilliant party,’ says Gemma King, organiser of the evening and manager of the RailStaff Awards.

Big hearted party goers at the RailStaff Awards managed to raise over £2,000 for the Railway Children – official charity of the RailStaff Awards.

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