Economist and infrastructure expert Bridget Rosewell has joined Network Rail as a non-executive director.
She will chair the rail operator’s policy and performance committee.
Rosewell has a proven track record of promoting infrastructure schemes.
Between 1988 and 2000 she was instrumental in establishing the case for a high speed rail station at Ebbsfleet as executive chairman of Business Strategies.
She has also played a leading role in getting Crossrail to the construction stage by developing the economic analysis which made the scheme an acceptable investment.
She is currently chief economic adviser to the Greater London Authority.
Rosewell is also promoting the case for infrastructure investment in the Thames Estuary through the Thames Estuary Research & Development Company, a body she founded with former Crossrail chairman Doug Oakervee.
It was set up to further consider the merit of a new airport in the estuary, an idea backed by London mayor Boris Johnson.
Rosewell is also currently chairman and chief executive of economic analyst Volterra Consulting and has previously worked as economics adviser to chancellor Ken Clarke.
Network Rail chairman Rick Haythornthwaite said Rosewell will play a key role in the rail operator’s agenda of building a bigger and better value railway.
“Bridget’s practical and academic background in economics and her expertise in transport infrastructure research will add great value to Network Rail,” he said.
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