ICE CHIEF executive Mike Casebourne this week announced that he is to join Railtrack as director of maintenance delivery.
He will join a team of directors working under Railtrack chief engi - neer Richard Middleton.
The announcement came as the ICE Council began a private discussion over Casebourne's sudden departure.
In questions submitted to presi - dent Sir Joseph Dwyer, several members questioned whether the executive board had the power to agree Casebourne's departure without reference or explanation to Council.
Last week the ICE announced that he had decided to quit his job after becoming frustrated with his role ( N C E last week). He now intends to leave on 19 November.
Casebourne's last duty will be to shepherd the ICE through its annual Engineering Council audit. Amar Boghal will stand in for six months until a replacement is found.
Casebourne said he was approaching his new job with a 'degree of trepidation' as he realised it was a big role to take on.
He will be responsible for delivering maintenance on the rail network and ensuring it is carried out by contrac - tors on time and to budget. He will also work to ensure that Railtrack works hand in hand with suppliers and train operating companies.