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Network Rail appoints managers for devolved routes

Network Rail has appointed new managing directors for four of its soon to be devolved routes, ready for the new regional divisions to go live in October.

Latest stage in regionalisation

This is the latest stage in the rail infrastructure owner and operator’s plan to regionalise its network by March 2012, as announced by chief executive David Higgins earlier this year.

Jo Kaye − the current route director for the London North Western area − has been appointed to an expanded role, which will make her responsible for maintenance and asset management as well as operations.

Kaye will be in charge of 322km of track, including the West Coast Main Line from London Euston to the Scottish border north of Carlisle and the line from London Marylebone to Snow Hill in Birmingham.

Mark Langman will lead Network Rail’s devolved unit in Wales, which will be an independent unit for the first time after being separated from the former Western route. The rest of the Western route will now be run by Patrick Hallgate.

Kent/High Speed 1 − the other newly devolved route due to go live in October − will be headed up by Dave Ward. The Wessex region − covering the lines operated by South West Trains out of Waterloo in South West London, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset − and Scotland routes were the first to go live in May.

The routes are managed by Richard O’Brien and David Simpson respectively.

Four routes − Anglia, East Midlands, London North Eastern and Sussex − are now awaiting the appointment of managing directors and operations are scheduled to go live by March 2012.

Last February David Higgins announced Network Rail’s devolution plan pre-empting recommendations from Sir Roy McNulty’s report on value-for-money in the rail industry.

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