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Network Rail regional MDs announced

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Five new regional managing directors have been appointed at Network Rail as it continues its reorganisation under chief executive Andrew Haines. 

John Halsall, Mark Langman and Rob McIntosh, MDs of the existing South East; Western; and London North Eastern and East Midlands routes, will lead the new Southern; Wales and Western; and Eastern regions, respectively, while ScotRail Alliance MD Alex Hynes will remain as MD of Scotland. Stagecoach Rail MD Tim Shoveller completes the line-up for the new North West and Central region. 

Tim said: “Coming from an operator background where a customer-focused approach was second nature, gives me a unique perspective for this new and exciting role. I will ensure that the passengers’ voice is heard and their needs, and those of freight users, are always considered first.”

Continuing the trend of bringing track and train closer together, more devolution is on the cards with the creation of more routes. Network Rail will now operate with 13 – previously eight – routes, which will report to five new regions, to better align with rail franchises and help create a more customer-focused company that puts passengers first.

Andrew Haines said: “We’re making these changes as a major part of our plan to provide the best possible service for passengers and freight users, to deliver the promises we’ve made for the next five years and to improve the way we work together as an industry.”

The five new regions and their managing directors will start on June 24. The detail and make-up of their organisations is currently being designed and the new managing directors will be actively involved in that work.

Network Rail has also announced the appointment of Nick King as group director of network services and Martin Frobisher as group engineering director. Nick was most recently the executive general manager of Citytrain in Queensland, Australia, and Martin the MD of the London North Western route.