Rail division on cloud nine after Golden Whistle awards

Golden Whistles 2022 – DRS team

Direct Rail Services (DRS) has been named the ‘Best Performing Rail Freight Operator’ for the ninth year running at the Golden Whistle awards.

The prestigious Golden Whistles, organised by Modern Railways and the Chartered Institution of Railway Operators, are awarded on operational performance and DRS has been, once again, recognised as the UK’s most reliable freight operator.

This is the first time in two years the awards could take place in person and members of the team were thrilled to be able to accept the award on behalf of DRS and as Nuclear Transport Solutions’ (NTS) rail division.

The awards are in their thirteenth year and DRS has won a total of 10 of the ‘Best Performing Rail Freight Operator’ awards, an outstanding achievement.

Rail delivers 76 per cent fewer CO2 emissions when compared to road and DRS has been working very closely with its customers to introduce new services, making best use of electric rail freight to delivery no exhaust emissions transportation, safely, securely and reliably.

Chris Connelly, NTS Deputy CEO and Rail Director, said: “It has been another tough year for the industry and so I’m delighted our commitment to delivering safe, secure and reliable rail freight services has been recognised with our ninth Golden Whistle award. It wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and professionalism of our entire team – the drivers, planners, controllers, engineers and everyone who works behind the scenes.

“We’re always looking to improve, innovate and deliver, and next year will be no exception. We’re pushing more environmentally friendly rail freight solutions and giving our customers a huge boost to meeting their carbon reduction targets.

“The last 12 months have seen us become part of NTS and this award demonstrates we’re well on track with our ambition to be the leading global provider of sustainable transport solutions.”