Network Rail has appointed Patrick Hallgate to lead its devolved business unit on the Western route.
Hallgate will be responsible for the development and operation of around 600km of railway in Great Western, which covers London Paddington, Thames Valley and the entire South West of England.
This move forms part of the company’s drive to increase its responsiveness to customers at a local level by devolving more power, responsibility and accountability away from the centre and into new business units.
Hallgate, who is currently Network Rail programme director for signalling and electrification, will start his role in October when the new route begins operations.
He will take responsbility for safety, asset management and spend, operations, planning and delivering maintenance and delivering some renewal and enhancement work.
His appointment follows the appointment last month of route directors for London North Western, Wales, Wessex and Kent/High Speed 1.