South Western Railway scoops three Golden Spanners at national industry awards

Tuesday 27th November 2018
South Western Railway (SWR) customers are using some of the most reliable trains in the UK according to the latest statistical data. 

The Golden Spanners awards (held Friday 23 November) recognise the most reliable fleets in the country and are organised by Modern Railways magazine.

SWR’s Class 455 units run on the busy Suburban lines and won the gold award for the most reliable former British Rail electrical multiple unit.

The Class 159/0 units also won gold in the former British Rail diesel multiple unit category.

The Class 158 units won the bronze award for former British Rail diesel multiple unit category.

Neil Drury, Engineering Director for South Western Railway, said:
“We’re delighted to be recognised in this way by industry experts.

“I’d like to congratulate and heartily thank colleagues from across the fleet team at South Western Railway who work hard, day in day out, to ensure the trains are as reliable as possible for our customers.”

The annual Golden Spanner Awards recognise improvements in train reliability across the UK rail industry. The awards are based on statistical data and are regarded as being an accurate assessment of fleet reliability.

Different classes of trains operating throughout the network are ranked on the distance they cover between technical faults by Rail Delivery Group’s Fleet Reliability Improvement Programme.