Story Contracting’s plant team has retained a top award for the second year running.

It has been awarded gold status by Network Rail’s Route to Gold scheme.

Story is now one of only four suppliers in the UK to be awarded gold for its ongoing engagement to the Network Rail’s Plant Reliability Programme and commitment to developing improvements and solutions for the industry.

This has been demonstrated by Story winning the Share with Pride Award two years in a row, which involves sharing best practice with the wider plant industry and continuously looking for opportunities to improve and further enhance what Story can offer.

Tony Cook, plant director of Story Contracting, said: “This is a fantastic achievement that the whole plant team can be proud of.

“Achieving gold was one thing but the real challenge is to maintain this level of performance year-on-year.

“Although a lot of emphasis is placed on the reliability of our machines when working onsite, the importance of our staff behind the scenes can’t be forgotten.

“The hard work of each person in the team can have a positive effect on our performance as a plant supplier and it is great to see the team’s efforts rewarded by achieving gold for the second year in a row.”

Jason Butterworth, chief executive of Story Contracting, added: “Retaining gold is a great achievement for our plant division and is testament to the hard work and commitment of the whole team since we first achieved the award 12 months ago.

“Our belief in being open and transparent in our operations and our commitment to ‘Doing It Right’ for our clients, customers and staff is at the heart of everything we do.

“This result recognises the hard work of the Story team and their dedication to working collaboratively with Network Rail and the wider industry.”

Leigh Goble, programme manager, Network Rail said: “It is one thing to achieve gold, but maintaining it requires focus and tells of an embedded culture and processes which underpins all.”