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1996-12-18 RTK-001
Railtrack plc


Railtrack reshapes for investment

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack reshapes for investment

18 December 1996
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Railtrack, custodians of the country's railway infrastructure, has announced changes to its management structure involving the control and delivery of its multi-million pound projects.

With effect from 6 January, Gil Howarth (44), Director of the Major Projects Division, will assume direct responsibility for the delivery of the £1.35 billion West Coast Main Line modernisation and the £600 million Thameslink 2000 projects as well as the interface with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. A new post of Director, Project Delivery Services, goes to Martin Reynolds (49), currently Director of the Great Western Zone, who will assume overall responsibility for all other projects, including the track renewal programme.

"These moves reflect the importance Railtrack places on bringing the railway infrastructure forward into the 21st century," said Chief Executive John Edmonds.

In addition, Railtrack has also announced that, in order to increase customer focus and responsiveness to the proposed multi-million pound programme of improving the 2,500 stations leased to the Train Operating Companies, responsibility will be transferred from the Property Directorate to the seven zones. An Estate Manager will be appointed in each zone along with a team of Property Surveyors to ensure that maintenance and development opportunities are matched to the needs of the customers.

Responsibility for the 14 major stations, still under the direct control of Railtrack, and the commercial estate, remains with the Property Directorate.

Gil Howarth - after graduating from University of Sheffield, with a degree in Chemical Engineering, he spent 15 years at British Nuclear Fuels in project management. He then joined British Rail on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link where he was appointed Managing Director of Union Railways, a post he held until joining Railtrack.

Martin Reynolds - first joined British Rail in 1965 as a sponsored student and subsequently held various civil engineering posts. In 1992 he was appointed Chief Engineer for Union Railways before moving to Railtrack in April 1993.

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