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Highland rail operator ScotRail ‘proud’ to be up for top award


By Louise Glen

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A Highland train operator is up for a national 'Pride' award.
A Highland train operator is up for a national 'Pride' award.

Highland rail operator ScotRail has been named as a finalist in the 2020 RBS Proud Scotland Awards, Scotland’s diversity and inclusion awards.

The train operator has made the shortlist of finalists in the travel company award, which recognises companies that deliver an exceptional service to LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Others) travellers at home or abroad and has shown real commitment to supporting its employees within the community.

The award ceremony, now in its second year, is due to be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh on Saturday October 3 2020.

ScotRail said it had been at the forefront of sexuality and gender inclusion for a number of years, regularly taking part in events across the country such as Pride parades.

Due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 outbreak, ScotRail hosted a virtual movie night as part of its Pride 2020 celebrations.

In the past, the train operator has demonstrated its support for the movement by branding five of its Class 170 trains with rainbow flag-inspired ScotRail logos, dubbed ‘trainbows’.

Queen Street Station has had large Pride banners hanging, and members of the LGBTQI+ community have been encouraged to consider careers on the railway through adverts in the Pride event magazine.

ScotRail’s social media team has also received widespread praise for challenging homophobic comments on Twitter.

Karen Wallace, ScotRail equality, diversity and inclusion manager, said: “Scotland’s Railway is for everyone, and it’s important for us to have a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers.

“We’re proud to be recognised for our work to promote diversity and inclusion, and I’m thrilled to have so many colleagues who support and take part in the regular Pride celebrations.

“I would encourage anybody with an interest in LGBTQI+ issues, to get in touch with us to find out more about the work the ScotRail is doing to celebrate diversity and promote equality.”

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