I attended the National Cycle-Rail awards last week held at the Houses of Parliament. It was a great event recognising organisations making travel by cycle and rail that much easier for the public.
Having a little one it is a rare occurrence that Gary and I get a grown up night out so we made the most of it!! We stayed in a lovely hotel which was just a short (very cold!!) walk from the Houses of Parliament. Once there we had airport style security to get in and unfortunately that meant standing outside in the cold waiting to get in for half an hour, at least they had warned us…
Once inside though it was worth it, gorgeous historic building, I had never been before and Gary couldn’t remember if he had or not… That’s old age for you!! We were in the Members Dining Room which was lovely all set out with yummy finger foods, cake and drinks.
Awards were introduced by Michael Roberts, Chief Executive, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and Director General, Rail Delivery Group. Followed by the Keynote Address from Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.
There were 10 awards altogether including Innovation, Cycle Security and as well as both Station and Operator of the year.
I was impressed by not only the award winners but the supporters and sponsors who have some great ideas and products to help the train operators work towards the door-to-door strategy launched by the Coalition Government earlier this year.
We finished at about 6pm which meant we had time for a lovely meal at PingPong next to the London Eye, so beautiful all lit up on a cold winters night.
I hadn’t realised there was so much happening on the railways to support cyclists, it was an eye opener for me definitely!! Now I just have to work out how Tagnix can fit in with this great scheme…