One of the foremost associations in the rail sector is looking forward to the working relationship with Network Rail’s new Chief Executive.
Andrew Haines OBE officially began in his new role on 14 August, after replacing the outgoing Mark Carne, who chose to step down.
According to the Railway Industry Association (RIA) – the main industry trade group for equipment manufacturers in the UK – the appointment is a welcome one and the Association is positive about the future working relationship that will be fostered, despite what have been described as “many challenges” that face the rail sector.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the RIA commented: “The railway Industry Association would like to welcome Andrew Haines to his new role as Network Rail’s Chief Executive.
“Despite the many challenges, it is an exciting time for the rail industry and we look forward to working with him and his team to ensure we continue to maintain, build and enhance the UK’s national rail network.”
Mr Haines has stepped into the role as Mr Carne wanted to leave before the start of Control Period 6 (CP6).
That five-year period is outlined in Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plan, which will see the biggest ever period of expenditure undertaken by the operator of Britain’s railways.
Expenditure of £47 billion between 2019 – 2024 will deliver upgraded infrastructure and technology, vastly improving journeys.
This will, as a result, also boost economic growth by driving jobs and unlocking housing along railway routes.
Reliability, efficiency and capacity will be increased on the railway because of this investment, and Mr Haines is in place in preparation for the start of the five-year expenditure period.
And this is one of the reasons why the rail sector will benefit from Andrew’s expertise, according to the Chair of Network Rail.
He said: “Andrew will drive the delivery of the railway improvements set out in the Strategic Business Plan.”