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Mark on track for rail award
1:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
THE ability to meet deadlines and strict timetables is a requirement for any railways employee.
But one Malvern man has gone above and beyond to keep a major project on track – and his efforts have been rewarded with a place on the shortlist for a national award.
Mark Haslam, who works for the rail company London Midland, has been shortlisted for Rail Manager of the Year at the National Rail Staff Awards.
The 51-year-old, of West Malvern Road, is the project manager on the rebuilding of Birmingham New Street station, a scheme that is due for completion in 2015.
Previously recognised within the company as a London Midland Ambassador Award winner, Mr Haslam was praised for his ability to meet all the tight deadlines on the Birmingham New Street project with aplomb.
He said: “Working on this project since 2009 has been a great challenge, keeping passengers happy and managing teams in the busiest railway station outside London.
“The vision for the future at Birmingham New Street station is really exciting and will benefit Birmingham and the wider West Midlands as the gateway to the region.”
Mr Haslam has worked in the rail industry for 26 years, and outside his job he is known as a member of Camra, where he works nationally to support community buy-outs of local pubs.
He also enjoys walking and cycling in the Malvern countryside.
Patrick Verwer, London Midland’s managing director, joined the praise of Mr Haslam’s work.
“Mark stays positive, friendly and helpful while dealing with a range of different people within and outside the company and always manages to hit the tightest of deadlines,” he said.
“I wish him the best of luck and hope he goes on to emulate the success of last year’s London Midland award winner.”
Mr Haslam will discover if he is a winner at an awards ceremony being held at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday, October 5.
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