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D2 Rail celebrates two RailStaff Awards finalists

Two members of D2 Rail’s programme management team have been made finalists in this year’s RailStaff Awards.

Simon Blair and Alesha Hancock are both finalists in the Rail Person of the Year category, having been nominated for the key roles they have played in the rail industry and in particular their involvement in the landmark Ordsall Chord project. The Ordsall Chord is one of the most important rail infrastructure projects completed in recent years, linking Manchester’s train stations to reduce journey times and increase capacity in the region.

Simon took up the role of Planning and Project Controls lead, and was the key individual that helped develop the commissioning and works access strategy, which defined the major stages of works required to deliver the project.

As the work’s Project Planner, Alesha has played a crucial part in ensuring the overall success of the project, leading on possession and work activity planning, and introducing a number of improvements to processes.  She has also been a supporter of Women in Rail.

The RailStaff Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is an industry event that acknowledges individual contributions in rail. This year’s ceremony will be held on 7th October at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

You can read Alesha’s full nomination here, and Simon’s here.

Launched in 2011, D2 Rail is a programme management consultancy dedicated to the pursuit of providing integrated ‘real planning’ services.

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