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Stephen Glaister reappointed as chair of rail regulator ORR

Professor Stephen Glaister has once more been reappointed chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Stephen became chair of the independent regulator in January 2016 and was reappointed to the position until December 2017 by the transport secretary at the time, Patrick McLoughlin.

Announcing the news in June 2016, the Department for Transport said that the reappointment would provide continuity of leadership as the government considers the recommendations of the Shaw report on the longer term future, shape and financing of Network Rail.

On January 4, 2018, current Secretary of Transport Chris Grayling announced Stephen’s reappointment, passing on his gratitude that he had agreed to stay on for another year.

ORR chair Stephen Glaister. Photo: Department for Transport.
ORR chair Stephen Glaister. Photo: Department for Transport.

Chris added: “It is vital we maintain a strong, independent regulator to deliver a safe UK rail network as well as value for money for taxpayers and other funders. His knowledge and experience will ensure that continues.”

Stephen’s reappointment will provide continuity of leadership for ORR during the completion of the current periodic review of Network Rail, which is due to be published in October 2018.

The search to find Stephen’s replacement from 2019 will take place in the early part of 2018.

ORR protects the interests of rail and road users by seeking improvements in safety, value and performance.


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