Global Light Rail Awards 2024  Wednesday 2 October 2024 

The Global Light Rail Awards is THE vehicle in which to celebrate your success within the light and urban rail industries. 
As the only awards dedicated to light rail in the world, there is no better place to make new connections, showcase your successes and mix with the cream of the global light rail sector. 
The ONLY awards dedicated to recognising achievement, innovation and excellence across the light rail and urban transit sector, the Global Light Rail Awards in 2023 once again played host to the brightest and the best of the LRT sector. 
We saw over 150 entries from 12 countries submitted to be considered for our awards and, as our judges commented again this year, 'you do not make it any easier'. 
The Global Light Rail Awards are open for 2024 and you won't want to miss this glamorous black-tie event. 
Featuring over 15 categories of award, this prestigious award is recognised as a mark of excellence across the entire sector.  

We are delighted to announce a brand new location for the awards in 2024! 

The Global Light Rail Awards are a celebration of excellence across the light rail sector, and, as we enter our 18th year, we are looking to enjoy our biggest award ceremony yet. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce a new location for the awards - The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London. 
With its high ceilings, lavish decorations and marble entrance - this location is perfect to host the industry's 'Oscars' and to celebrate, reward and recognise the best in the sector within its very glamorous halls! 

View our 2024 award categories here  

Be a part of the only Light Rail Awards in the world this October 2024. Whether as an entrant, a sponsor or as an attendee, this event gives you the best opportunity to meet, engage with and network amongst the key names and figures within the light rail industry. 
Simply click on the button below to get started! 

Why should you enter the Global Light Rail Awards? 

Winning a Global Light Rail Award adds prestige to any organisation, making you stand out from the crowd and acting as a calling card. Being recognised for your excellence (and that of your team) by our expert judging panel lets you show off to the world why others should choose to work with you. 
Known for their commitment to rewarding innovation and achievement from every corner of the industry, these light rail and urban transit 'Oscars' recognise everything from outstanding individual contributions by those on the front line, to major engineering achievements on some the world's biggest mega-projects. 
A mark of excellence for authorities, operators and suppliers, the Global Light Rail Awards offer your organisation the chance to be honoured amongst your peers across a range of categories which celebrate the passion and dedication which makes our sector so special 
Want to support the Global Light Rail Awards 2024? 
Interested in showcasing your brand to an audience of key decision-makers, manufacturers and innovators? Take a look at our sponsorship pack to explore the ways we can help you bring your brand to the forefront of the conversation! 

Read about 2023's event... 

For 2023, the expert judging panel deliberated over almost 100 entries across 17 categories, noting that “this is yet another tough year to select the winners from so many excellent entries. There is so much sparkle between them and so many interesting and innovative things here for us all to take away; it really is inspiring.” 
Organised by Mainspring and supported by Tramways & Urban Transit, our host was once again respected broadcaster and journalist Nicholas Owen. The headline supporter was London Trams operator Tram Operations Limited, with category sponsors from many disciplines across the sector. 
Global Light Rail Awards Director Matt Johnston added: “In what has been an enormously challenging year for everyone, it was amazing to see the leading figures of the industry in person."“Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, the innovation, hard work and ingenuity within the sector has continued at a pace which all the judges agreed was staggering. All this year’s entrants have proven that our colleagues across the world have the ability to be at the forefront of mobility in the years to come.” 

With thanks to our 2024 sponsors: 

We asked some of our winners to describe what winning a Global Light Rail award meant to them... 

Team of the Year Award winners 2022 
Keolis Downer Gold Coast, operator and maintainer of the Gold Coast light rail system (G:link) were very proud to be recipients of the 2022 Global Light Rail Awards – Team of the Year (Customer Service). 
We were thrilled to be recognised globally at the award Ceremony in London and extremely proud of the outstanding work our team does each and every day keeping our network safe and getting our passengers home safely. 
Rising Star Award winner 2023 - Alexandra Sjöholm 
Winning the Global Light Rail Awards in the Rolling Stock industry as a woman is a profound validation of my expertise and dedication. 
Being part of the Global Light Rail Awards event representing the Škoda Group was an incredibly special experience. Surrounded by industry experts, operators, and suppliers, the atmosphere was electric with shared enthusiasm for everyone’s success. The support and cheers from this diverse and knowledgeable international audience were both humbling and motivating. 
I can wholeheartedly recommend the Global Light Rail Awards for their unwavering support of industry talents and innovations. Their commitment to recognizing and celebrating excellence in the light rail sector is truly commendable, making it a must-attend event for anyone interested in this industry, representing their company, the teams behind the projects and their employees alike. 

Why choose Mainspring events? 

17 years of experience in organising and running events 
World-leaders in LRT networking events 
Promotional opportunities through our newsletter and SM channels 
Bespoke sponsorship packages available for any budget 
Depot tours and evening networking opportunities 
Your promotional material available to every delegate 
Support from your personal agent from booking to the event date 
Positive reviews and reactions year after year from our customers 
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