UK: After 25 years in London, the longest established national awards for the UK rail sector has decided to start ringing the changes, and reflect the geographical spread and diversity of our railway network. The 26th Rail Business Awards will therefore be taking place in Manchester, in February 2024.
Manchester has a proud industrial history, and railways have played a special part in the growth and prosperity of the city over almost two centuries. Today, it remains one of the UK’s leading railway hubs, with an extensive spread of inter-city and inter-regional services offering convenient links to bring RBA participants and their guests from all parts of Britain.
The world’s first inter-city passenger railway was opened between Liverpool and Manchester in 1830, setting in train a veritable transport revolution. Recognised as the world’s oldest surviving railway terminus, the line’s Liverpool Road station survives as part of the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry.