Station staff working at London Bridge on the evening of June 3 when a terror attack took place nearby have been recognised for the way they responded.
Members of the Network Rail team were praised for taking the decision to lock down the station rather than evacuate it on the night that eight people were killed and many others injured.
Three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before getting out and stabbing people outside Borough Market in Southwark.
The team's decision to keep passengers inside the station is believed to have prevented many more people from being injured.
Staff also carried out a full sweep of the station for any suspect devices and attended to the many distressed people outside, providing blankets, drinks and toilet facilities.
On Saturday (October 7) the team were presented with the Station Staff of the Year award at the 2017 RailStaff Awards and were personally thanked by Network Rail’s managing director, Phil Hufton.
Arron Raimbault was working in the control room on the night of the incident and as well as being part of the London Bridge team, he scooped the Rail Person of the Year award.
Arron said: "No one’s ever prepared for anything like this, but the really good thing is that we are provided with really good training, we are provided with some amazing people and amazing staff, so we’re able to deal with anything that does arise.
"I mean especially in London Bridge. They come together as a family; not just in big, major incidents but in the smallest of ways. Everyone here has everyone’s back and it just shows in the work that we do."
Arron said the team had been touched by how many members of the public took the time to personally thank station staff in the days following the attack.
Asked about how it felt to win the Rail Person of the Year category, he added: "I’ve always sort of been at the back cheering people on, but to win something like this is just amazing."
Station Staff of the Year was sponsored by the Transport Benevolent Fund- a registered charity which offers support to transport industry members and their dependants in times of need, hardship or distress.
TBF development director,Ian Barlex, said: "The attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market were deeply upsetting and you can only admire the composure of the London Bridge team.
"Those on the front line of our industry have so much to contend with. It makes the professionalism and compassion shown by the team that night all the more inspiring.
"All those involved deserve our full support."
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