Rail staff and BTP recognised in New Year honours
National Infrastructure Commission economist and commissioner and Network Rail board member Bridget Rosewell was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the economy in the Queen’s New Year Honours for 2019.
British Transport Police Head of Scenes of Crime William Bryden, Transport for London Managing Director Surface Transport Leon Daniels and London Transport Museum Director Samuel Mullins were appointed Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society founder Mervyn Allcock was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to railway preservation and development, as was former British Transport Police officer Richard Gill for services to policing.
Network Rail control centre technician John Clough was also awarded an MBE for his outstanding contribution on the issue of domestic abuse and support for victims.
“This award is very well deserved,” said Network Rail’s London North Western Route Managing Director Martin Frobisher.
“John’s voluntary work tackling domestic violence is making a big difference to many families throughout the country. He’s a real inspiration and has helped many colleagues in Network Rail.”
British Empire Medals were awarded to four British Transport Police staff: Kent-based Alan Smith and Manchester-based PCSOs Lewis Brown and John Morrey and PC Mark Renshaw.
The latter three were on duty at Manchester Victoria on May 22 2017, when Manchester Arena was bombed.
Constable Jessica Bullough received the Queen’s Police Medal for the same action, running towards the site and being the first emergency services personnel on the scene.
BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “What a truly outstanding achievement to see seven members of British Transport Police recognised by Her Majesty as part of her New Year’s Honours. Each colleague has showcased the very best in British policing, serving their communities to the very highest standard. They should each be very proud.
“Whether it is recognition for distinguished service, or for acts of heroism, this group of seven officers and staff have showcased that they are true public servants. They’ve each gone above and beyond to keep Britain’s railway safe and to help people at extremely dark moments in our history.
“I am extremely proud of each and every one of them, and am delighted they have been recognised in the New Year Honours.”