Stuart Calvert will step into the position vacated by David Waboso as head of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme.
The outgoing Managing Director of Group Digital Railway, Waboso, announced in January that he will step down from his role at the end of March; in the time since his appointment in June 2016, Mr Waboso has played a significant role in the introduction of new technology and digital solutions that support the UK economy and the growth of rail.
He will leave a legacy of advanced technology, following the launch of the Digital Railway Strategy, which was set up to make trains and signalling digital, or digital ready this year.
Stuart Calvert will step into the role on an interim basis following Mr Waboso’s retirement and does so with a wealth of experience behind him.
Currently integral to Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme, Stuart Calvert is the director of Programme Technical Services and Supply Chain.
He has been with Network Rail since September 2016, and has more than 30 years of experience of working on major rail and infrastructure projects, both in the UK and in Europe.
Previously, he has worked at Bombardier Transportation, Jacobs Engineering and Railtrack; while more recently, he has been head of an SME that specialises in the design and manufacture of safety critical products.
While stepping into the shoes of David Waboso, Stuart Calvert will lead a host of changes, including the move of the Digital Railway Programme to Network Services; the devolution of Network Rail Telecom to various routes; and the move from Asset Information Services to Route Services.
His remit will also include any changes that arise from the ‘100 Day’ Plan that Andrew Haines unveiled, detailing the move from eight devolved routes to 13, ensuring that local areas and regions are in charge of the rail changes that matter to them.