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Howarth quits Railtrack over major projects row

RAILTRACK DIRECTOR of major projects Gil Howarth has resigned following a row over his managerial role.

Howarth quit after being told to manage either Thameslink or the West Coast Main Line upgrade, rather than overseeing all the company's multibillion pound major projects.

A restructuring at Railtrack over the last few months had seen the majority of the 1,000 plus schemes under Howarth's remit repackaged and placed in the hands of project delvery director Martin Reynolds. Ultimately they will be managed directly by the Railtrack zones.

The remaining cross-zone projects - the £2bn WCML and the £600M Thameslink - are now gearing up to start. Railtrack said that because of their significance, two directors reporting to engineering and production director Brian Mellitt had been placed in specific charge of the projects.

'The company invited Gil to lead one of these key projects but he indicated his preference to pursue opportunites outside of Railtrack,' said a spokeswoman.

One former colleague of Howarth said: 'Gil has excellent experience on the client side of major projects. I would expect him to be snapped up by an oil company or one of the water and power organisations.'

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