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Railway Industry Association wins major Public Affairs award

The railway industry’s trade association RIA (Railway Industry Association) has won a prestigious Public Affairs Award for In-House Team of Year.

RIA, the voice of the UK rail supply community, has received the award from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA). The winning submission focused on RIA’s work supporting the rail supply industry in 2020, especially related to Coronavirus, including representing the views of RIA members to Government, rail clients and industry stakeholders.

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “We really do appreciate this recognition. Winning the PRCA’s Public Affairs Award for In-House Team of the Year is acknowledgment for all the hard word carried out by the RIA team, representing, assisting and advocating for members during this difficult time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As many in rail will know, it has been a tough year for the industry, but RIA has been working non-stop to ensure members’ concerns are heard and acted on, and that the industry is being supported as much as possible at such a critical time.

“This award win is also recognition of the tremendous efforts RIA members have gone to, in working with policy makers, clients and industry stakeholders to keep the rail network moving, ensuring key workers and resources were able to get around the country, as well as continuing to build a world-class railway fit for the future. This award is a tribute to them, and we would like to thank all RIA’s members for their incredible support.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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