A series of appointments have been confirmed by Network Rail’s regional directors to coincide with the 14 new routes going live.
The 14 routes went live on 16 September, now responsible for operations, maintenance and minor renewals in their areas.
In addition, the 14 new routes will be responsible for managing train performance on a daily basis, as well as relationships with local train operating companies.
It is part of the shake-up at Network Rail to put passengers first by aligning the company with passengers and operators to guarantee greater cohesion.
Five regions will support the 14 routes, as part of further devolution that will result in greater response to customers and local stakeholders.
The routes and regions are part of the first phase of Network Rail’s Putting Passengers First programme, providing framework for further phased changes that are expected to be introduced between now and summer 2020, subject to consultation.
Four appointments have been made in the Eastern region; for Scotland, there has been one appointment; in Wales and Western region, there are two; whilst in the North West and Central region, three route directors have been named; finally, the Southern region has seen four new route directors appointed.
Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said the changes are “fundamental.”
He said: “The 14 new routes are all about moving power and accountability from the big network functions to the route and regions, giving them greater accountability for train performance in their areas.
“It is a fundamental change and at the heart of the transformation of Network Rail to a business that is unequivocally on the side of passengers and freight users, focused on delivering on better day-to-day performance.”
It is hoped that passengers and freight users will enjoy better services, provided at a regional level by people who understand the unique challenges in each area.