The Australian Railway Association (ARA) has announced the finalists for the 2024 Australasian Rail Industry Awards, highlighting a range of outstanding projects and initiatives from across the rail industry.  

The ARA congratulated all of finalists on their outstanding display of diversity, excellence and innovation within the industry. 

The finalists and categories are:  

Young Rail Professional Award (RTSA) 

  • Alexander Ming – John Holland 
  • Andrew Sotiros – Martinus Rail 
  • Anil Thayalan – Metro Trains Melbourne  
  • Daniel Li – John Holland 
  • Dylan Jacobs – Jacobs 
  • James Cho – Transport for Tomorrow 
  • Jarrah Duckhs – WSP 
  • Stephen Chambers – Metro Trains Melbourne  
  • Tom Mitchell – WSP 
  • Yidan Zhai – Rail Network Alliance 

Emerging Rail Specialist Award (RTAA)  

  • Curtiss Hood – Acciona Rail 
  • Sasmit Dahl – Martinus Rail 
  • Keneith Subala – Acciona Rail 

Young Achiever Award (PWI NSW)  

  • Christopher Adams – CPB Contractors 
  • Kaylyn Chandran – Future Maintenance Technologies 
  • Samiha Najem – Sydney Trains 
  • Aaron Spyrakis – Transport for NSW 
  • Amel Tokalic – UGL Regional Linx 
  • Signalling and Systems Engineering Excellence Award (IRSE) 
  • Supported by IRSE 
  • Josh Doyle – Metro Trains Melbourne 
  • Mark Potter – EGIS Oceania 
  • Mohan Sankarasubbu – Hitachi 
  • Olivier Leveque – Alstom 

Customer Service Excellence Award  

  • Alstom and Transdev Sydney – FIFA Women’s World Cup 
  • Keolis Downer Adelaide – Increased Rail Accessibility 
  • Metro Tunnel HQ – Metro Tunnel Project 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – The 2024 Taylor Swift concert series 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Passenger Experience Strategy 
  • Metro Trains Sydney – Operations & Customer Experience 
  • Onrail Industries – Hunter Valley Drainage and Undercutting On Rail Industries 
  • Queensland Rail – Customer Accessibility Guidance Tools Project 
  • Queensland Rail – SEQ New Year’s Eve event 
  • Sydney Trains – Multi Modal Digital Screens 

Employee Engagement Excellence Award  

  • Alstom – Championing Excellence: Celebrating Alstom’s Outstanding Teamwork 
  • Downer – On-Side: Downer Rail & Transit Systems response to finding world-class talent through employee engagement 
  • Downer – Our Safety Focus: Employee Engagement to Drive Safety 
  • Martinus Rail – Innovative Leadership Program 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – We Move Melbourne 
  • Metro Trains Sydney – One Business One Line 
  • Queensland Rail – QR Engage 
  • Sydney Trains – A Fair Decision Framework for our people 
  • Sydney Trains – First Impressions Count 
  • Sydney Trains – Train Crew Virtual Reality Continuation Training 

Freight Rail Excellence Award  

  • Arc Infrastructure – Situational Awareness Platform 
  • Arc Infrastructure – Kenwick Intermodal Terminal 
  • Bowen Rail Company – RACE Live planning and live run management technology 
  • NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals – Project SABRE  
  • Visy Logistics – Riverina Intermodal Freight & Logistics Hub (RIFL) 
  • V/Line – Grain Rail Improvement Plan 

Supplier Excellence Award  

  • Agonics – LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) datasets 
  • Kallipr – IoT technology to enhance safety, efficiency, and compliance across various rail operations 
  • On Rail Industries – “Towards Green,” initiative 
  • Training Ahead Australia – expanding course offerings and streamlining the training process for individuals and businesses 

Rail Innovation of the Year Award 

  • Alstom and the Department of Transport and Planning with Capire and Ability Works – X’Trapolis 2.0 train and G Class tram projects 
  • Aurizon and Kallipr – Enhanced Rail Safety and Efficiency through Real-Time Temperature Monitoring Innovation 
  • BHP – OptiRail 
  • Future Maintenance Technologies – Automated Rail Infrastructure Inspection System  
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Digital Signal Sighting using LiDAR Technology 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – People Movement Analytics 
  • Rail Network Alliance – South Yarra Substation 
  • SLR Consulting Australia – Public Transport Authority Airport Line 
  • Systra ANZ – Mortdale Maintenance Centre Capacity & Logistic Modelling for Sydney Trains 
  • Transport for NSW – Electrical Learning Centre 

Sustainability Excellence Award 

  • Acciona Rail – Murray Basin Rail Project 
  • Aurizon – Aurizon’s Decarbonisation Programme 
  • Degnan Constructions – Illawarra TAP Upgrades 
  • Downer – Waratah Train Project 
  • Jacobs – Rolling Stock Decarbonisation 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Infrastructure Sustainability Improvement Program 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Rolling Stock Wheel Management for Sustainability 
  • Queensland Rail – Tully Revegetation Project 
  • Siemens Mobility and Monash University – Circular Economy impact on decarbonisation through examination of the M23A MK2 Point Machine 
  • McConnell Dowell – Mt Derrimut Road Level Crossing Removal Project, Western Program Alliance (LXRP, MTM, McConnell Dowell, Mott MacDonald and Arup) 

Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award  

  • BMA Rail – Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Department of Transport and Planning (VIC) – STEM Graduate, Internship and Work Experience Trial Programs 
  • GHD – Women in Rail Report 
  • Pacific National – Women’s Series 
  • Queensland Rail – Engineering Pathways program 
  • Rio Tinto – Pathways for women in Rail 
  • Sydney Trains – Experience Program (STEP) 
  • Sydney Trains – Train Crewing Lactation Facilities Project 
  • Systra ANZ – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy  
  • The Marketing GP – Swietelsky Rail Australia 

Passenger Operations Excellence Award  

  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Visual Tracking to enhance Safety Operations Processes 
  • Queensland Rail – Christmas and New Years extended track closure 
  • Queensland Rail – Kuranda Range Recovery 
  • Sydney Trains Engineering & Maintenance – Utilising Operational Technology for Maintenance and Incident Response 
  • Sydney Trains – NextThere Guards Announcement Project 
  • V/Line – New Fairer Fares Policy 

Infrastructure Project Excellence Award (RTSA) 

  • ADCO Constructions – The Public Transport Operations Control Centre 
  • Alstom – Building a sustainable Adelaide A-City EMU fleet 
  • ARTC – Modernising Critical Train Communications across Australia 
  • CPB Contractors – Systems Connect Line-wide Work 
  • Degnan – Unanderra Station Upgrade 
  • John Holland – Botany Rail Duplication 
  • John Holland, Next Rail – MTMS T8 Airport Line Power Supply Upgrade 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – High Capacity Signalling implementation 
  • Sydney Trains – Awaba Bridge Renewals 
  • Transport for NSW – Illawarra Coast Station Upgrade Projects 

Safety Excellence Award (RISSB) 

  • Ann Tomlinson – Alium Works for RISSB Industry Safety Professional of the Year Winner 
  • Arc Infrastructure – The Critical Control Verification App 
  • ARTC – Sharing ideas to ‘Make a Change’, RISSB Frontline Worker Initiative Winner 
  • Jason Zhou – Downer for RISSB Emerging Leader Winner 
  • Queensland Rail – Mental Health Co-deployment Trial, RISSB Community Safety Award Winner 
  • Rio Tinto – Frontline Worker Initiative 
  • Sydney Trains – Safe Access for Maintenance Program, RISSB Safety Leadership Program Winner 
  • The Marketing GP – Check5 Wellbeing Program 
  • Transport for NSW – The Level Crossing Technology Trial 
  • Transport for NSW – VeloSTRAIL 

Keeping communities safe on and around rail (TrackSAFE Foundation) 

  • Canberra Metro Operations – SAIL Program 
  • John Holland – “Our Giants” Community Safety Campaign – Adelaide Metro Operations 
  • Metro Trains Melbourne – Community Education Program 
  • Queensland Rail – Railsmart Rail Safety Education program refresh and relaunch 
  • Queensland Rail – ‘Travel with Care’ campaign 
  • Queensland Rail – ‘Your Safety and Security is our priority’ campaign 
  • Transdev – Sydney Light Rail Safety Forum 
  • Transport for NSW – Level Crossing Technology Trial 
  • Transport for NSW – VeloSTRAIL Trial and Type Approval Project 

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