c2c depot supervisor Georgi Shopov cleans up on National Express award

Georgi Shopov

Georgi Shopov - Credit: C2C

Train cleaning supervisor Georgi Shopov has won a railway industry award for his actions after two trains had been involved in accidents where passengers were killed.

Georgi, who leads a team of cleaners at the East Ham depot on the Fenchurch Street-Southend network, was named ‘most outstanding colleague’ at the National Express annual staff awards.

He received the award for his “overall dedication” and his actions after c2c trains had been involved in separate fatalities in Essex on the same day in November.

Georgi volunteered to come into the depot from a day’s leave to help clean the trains and supported his colleagues.

“I was only doing my job,” he said modestly. “I’m part of a large team at East Ham and this recognises what we have all achieved.”


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All 40,000 National Express staff in Britain, Spain, Morocco and North America were eligible for the award, which won Georgi a luxury holiday for his family.

C2c managing director Julian Drury said: “His actions on November 12, which was a horrible day for everyone involved, showed his approach as an dedicated worker.”

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