RAILTRACK MAJOR projects and investment director Simon Murray has been given responsibility for the network manager's entire investment programme - expected to be outlined in today's network management statement at around £40bn over the next ten years.
News of Murray's role came as Railtrack announced its latest management reshuffle. This will see contracts and supply manager David Meek move under Murray's wing and operations director Chris Leah take control of operational safety.
Until now, Railtrack's maintenance and renewals contracts - last year valued at around £18bn over the next ten years - have been the responsibility of Railtrack's zone directors under Meek. They will now be controlled under Murray's new strategic supply chain management policy.
Since joining Railtrack from BAA 18 months ago, Murray has developed a policy of getting 'closer to fewer' key suppliers. He recently led a programme of meetings with Railtrack's largest suppliers to develop strategic supply groups in key sectors (NCE 9 March).
Leah's move to become director of safety and environment will mean Railtrack temporarily has two board members responsible for safety. He will be responsible for operational safety, while director of Railtrack's safety and standards directorate Rod Muttram will be responsible for industry-wide safety. This post is set to be removed when S&SD is hived off as a subsidiary following the recommendations of last month's Rowlands safety review (NCE 2 March).
A Railtrack spokesman admitted that today's network management statement represented a 'wishlist' rather than concrete spending plans. He said: 'We don't know what will be in the Regulatory Review or the new franchise bids and the Government has not published its long term plans.'