Pride in our people: How we support LGBT events

This Saturday (19 August) we attended Pride Glasgow, and we’ll be at Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend on 25-27 August – we’re proud to be an inclusive employer

Our Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender employee network Archway gives people the chance to influence policy making across Network Rail and the opportunity to meet colleagues in a more social atmosphere through events and talks around the country.

Archway has been helping to raise awareness of LGBT inclusion in the company for the past four years.


Across the country we've met thousands of colleagues – giving briefings at conferences, holding drop-in events, lunch-and-learns and working with individuals and teams – and these have helped raise awareness of some of the challenges the LGBT community faces at work and beyond.

Babak Erfani, area project manager and chair of Archway

Archway was recently named the top LGBT+ employee network in Britain for improving the lives of LGBT people at this year's British LGBT awards.

Watch Archway chair Babak talking about winning the award


Some of the events we’ve been to this year

Pride in Glasgow

Pride in London

Pride in Bristol

Sparkle in Manchester

Support in numbers

  • Archway was founded in 2013
  • 22 founding members
  • 32 people attended Pride London in 2014
  • 66 attended in 2015
  • 70 joined the contingent in 2016
  • 400 current members
  • 11 Pride parades attended across all routes
  • 2 Sparkle celebrations attended in Manchester

When we join Pride and Sparkle, we’re showing our industry partners and customers that our people are encouraged to be themselves in the workplace.


When people don’t have to spend time and energy concealing who they really are, they can focus on what they do best: delivering a better railway.


Creating an inclusive culture is something we must deliver together, every day.

Graham Hopkins, group safety, technical and engineering director at Network Rail, and Archway’s executive sponsor


Celebrations like Pride and Sparkle bring LGBT people together from across Network Rail, but also friends and supporters.


Attending these events helps share Network Rail's diversity and inclusion message with millions of non-employees who watch us march through the streets of major cities around Britain.

Babak Erfani

Find out more

Including everyone: our employee networks

Diversity and inclusion