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Network Rail, which takes control of the UK's railways next month, has started recruiting its public members. Drawn from interests across the rail sector, they will review performance against targets and hold directors to account.

Advertisements will invite applications from individuals and commercial and public interest organisations.

There will be about 100 members.

Colin Skellett last week stood down as non-executive chairman of Jarvis Rail following a police fraud squad investigation into his activities at Wessex Water where he is chairman and chief executive.

lThe latest Health & Safety Commission report into the Hatfield rail crash has recommended better training for track inspectors and managers.

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