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                                                                         By business editor Chris Randall

Network Rail denies attempt
to ‘re-nationalise’ railways                Network Rail

Network Rail has strenuously                                                                                                                         Network Rail’s proposals make
denied it wants to re-nationalise                                                                                                                    no sense.’
the railways, after it was revealed                                                                                                                     Network Rail said it was
last month that it is proposing to                                                                                                                   surprised at the angry reaction to
take control of more stations and                                                                                                                    its plans. A spokesman said:
fund the financing of new trains.                                                                                                                    ‘These proposals are at the
   The government-backed                                                                                                                             preliminary stage. But we have
company owns all 2,500 stations                                                                                                                      been consulting with the Tocs
across the rail network but only                                                                                                                     about them for some time, so I’m
directly manages the 17 largest,                                                                                                                     not sure why they appear to have
including all of the London                                                                                                                          come as a shock.’
termini.                                                                                                                                                He added that the plan to buy
   The remainder are leased to                                                                                                                       and lease trains was at an early
train operating companies, but                                                                                                                       stage. ‘There is an internal debate
Network Rail has told the Office                           Network Rail currently manages 17 stations, but could take over more.                     going on about this and a lot of
of Rail Regulation that it would                                                                                                                     detail has still to be worked out.
like to extend its portfolio and                           claims it would be able to borrow            Sunday Telegraph: ‘This is                   But there is definitely a belief
manage other larger stations –                             cheaply because its debts are                something we will fight tooth and            that it is worth further
including Newcastle, York and                              underwritten by the Government.              nail. Our experience is that the             consideration.’
Oxford – and take charge of                                   The revelations were met with             current system works well and                   Denying that the proposals
maintenance of the rest.                                   a barrage of hostility from train            any move away from it would be               represented a step towards re-
   The owner of Britain’s rail                             operators, who pledged to fight              wrong.’                                      nationalisation of the rail
infrastructure is also proposing to                        any attempt by the infrastructure               The Association of Train                  industry, the spokesman said:
go into competition with the                               company to extend its control                Operating Companies also                     ‘We are simply looking at ways of
three main rolling stock leasing                           over the rail industry.                      expressed concern. In a                      reducing the overall cost to the
companies – Angel Trains,                                     Keith Ludeman, the chief                  statement it said: ‘Train stations           taxpayer. We think we can do
Porterbrook and HSBC Rail – by                             executive of Go-Ahead, which                 are the shop front for the                   that because we are able to invest
buying trains and then leasing                             runs the Southern and                        passenger and must be run by                 more cheaply than some other
them to the train operators. It                            Southeastern franchises told the             train operating companies.                   parts of the industry.’

 NEWS IN BRIEF                                             TFL CLEARS THE WAY FOR                       on-track plant and machinery.                   Eurotunnel is hoping to gain
 SOUTHERN COMFORT FOR                                      EXTRA CARRIAGES ON DLR                           Peter Henderson, projects and            shareholder approval for a restructuring
 GOVERNMENT                                                Transport for London has awarded a           engineering director for Network Rail,       deal that would merge the French and
 A big increase in passengers on Go-                       £200m contract to the construction           said:‘This centre will allow us to develop   UK parts of the business into a new
 Ahead’s Southern franchise has led to                     company Taylor Woodrow to upgrade            new and better ways of maintaining our       company, Groupe Eurotunnel.The move
 an unexpected windfall for the Treasury.                  the Docklands Light Railway in London.       fleet by ensuring we have the right          would see the company’s debt burden
 Passenger numbers jumped 9.6 per cent                     The work to strengthen bridges and           people with the right skills and attitude    cut from £6.2bn to £2.8bn.
 in the first three months of this year,                   viaducts, extend platforms and improve       centred in a single purpose-built site.’
 triggering a deal that sees the Govern-                   junctions will allow DLR to add a third                                                   NETWORK RAIL UNVEILS
 ment take 80 per cent of profits above                    carriage to its two-carriage trains.         EUROTUNNEL GETS BACKING                      BOND ISSUE
 £30m – a figure that Go-Ahead says                           The project will be carried out in two    FROM SARKOZY                                 Network Rail is launching a new
 has now been exceeded.                                    phases.                                      The newly elected French president           inflation-linked bond to raise £10bn for
     The transport operator’s other                                                                     Nicolas Sarkozy has given his backing to     rail investment.The bond, which will be
 franchise, Southeastern, is also                          NETWORK RAIL BOOST FOR                       the Channel Tunnel operator                  underwritten by the Government, will
 performing well with a 6.4 per cent rise                  SHEFFIELD ECONOMY                            Eurotunnel, according to reports from        mature in 2037.
 in passengers between January and                         Plans by Network Rail to build a £40m        the French news agency AFP. In a letter          Network Rail funding director Fred
 March and better than expected                            national engineering centre in South         to small shareholders in the troubled        Maroudas said: ‘We expect to raise
 revenues. Go-Ahead expects to hear in                     Yorkshire will create 160 new jobs.The       Anglo-French company, Sarkozy said           £10bn in the capital markets over the
 the summer if it has been successful                      centre at Woodhouse junction near            that he ‘wants the public authorities to     next two years to finance new
 with bids for two franchises: the London                  Sheffield will be the hub for maintaining    accompany Eurotunnel as far as               investment in the railway and to
 Rail Concession and West Midlands.                        Network Rail’s engineering trains and        possible in its turnaround’.                 refinance our short-term debt.’

                                                                                                                                    BUSINESS NEWS

A furious row has broken out                                                                      EasyJet says Virgin’s    environmental performance.’
between Virgin Trains and the                                                                          environmental          EasyJet also accused Virgin of
budget airline EasyJet over claims                                                                    claims are false.    not disclosing that some nuclear
by the train operator that its                                                                                             generated electricity is used to
Pendolino services emit three                                                                                              power Pendolinos. ‘Many
quarters less CO2 than domestic                                                                                            consumers do not consider this to
flights.                                                                                                                   be a “green” form of energy. Virgin
   EasyJet says the claim,                                                                                                 Rail has not made clear that its
contained in a Virgin Trains                                                                                               own environmental performance
advertisement, is technically                                                                                              as quoted is reliant on Nuclear
incorrect and has complained to         CO2 than cars and domestic              quarters less carbon emissions             Energy,’ it said.
the Advertising Standards               flights’, and ‘Pendolino trains also    than a comparable journey by                  Virgin Trains hit back, saying it
Authority.                              return 17 per cent of electricity       plane.                                     was confident that its statistics
   Virgin has been running its          used back to the National Grid             In a statement, EasyJet said            were correct.
£3.5m ‘Go Greener, Go Cheaper’          every time they brake – enough to       Virgin’s statistics were based on a           A spokesman told Rail
advertising campaign since March        provide power for 11,825 homes          fully-loaded train. ‘This is naturally     Professional: “If EasyJet is saying
with the aim of encouraging             for a year.’                            unreasonable as the average load           that trains, on average, are only 30
people to switch from road and air         At the time, Virgin said the         factor on the UK rail network is           per cent loaded, why is there so
to its West Coast train services        statistics dealt ‘yet another blow to   approximately 30 per cent,                 much overcrowding? The average
from London to Manchester and           car and domestic air travel in this     whereas EasyJet’s average load             load factor for trains in the UK is
Glasgow.                                country’.                               factor (measured by seats sold) is         55 per cent and the figure on our
   A press release issued to               However, in its complaint to the     around 85 per cent. Using real-life        West Coast services is higher at 65
coincide with the start of the          ASA, EasyJet accuses Virgin of          load factors could change the              per cent.’
campaign claimed that ‘Pendolino        failing to provide evidence to          results by more than 2.5 times to             The ASA said EasyJet’s
trains emit at least 76 per cent less   prove that trains produce three         the detriment of Virgin Rail’s             complaint would be investigated.

Ashford cheered by Eurostar rival
Speculation that Air France may         Council said: ‘If this happens it
be intending to run a London-to-        would be very good news for
Paris train service to rival            Ashford. The competition would
Eurostar has been welcomed by           be good for local residents and
councillors in Ashford.                 passengers as it would drive
   Politicians and residents of         down the price and offer more
the Kent town recently handed           travel choices.’
Eurostar a petition signed by               Eurostar, which has said it
8,000 people angered at plans to        would re-instate services at
axe direct services between             Ashford if there was a proven                    Electrical Safety Gloves                 Fully Insulated Tools
Ashford International and               demand, claimed to be                      Suitable for working voltages ranging    Tested to 10,000V suitable for up to
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Brussels, and reduce services to        untroubled by the prospect of a                 manufactured to EN60903.
Paris to six trains a day once a        rival operator. A spokesman told
new station at Ebbsfleet opens          Rail Professional: ‘I’m not sure if
later this year.                        this is a serious proposition, but
   Responding to media reports          if it is, we would welcome the
that Air France is considering          competition.’
running trains from 2010, a                 No one from Air France was
spokesman for Ashford Borough           available for comment.
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Heathrow Express has launched     city analysts or leaders of business,                        live working.                      in a prominent position.
wi-fi on its services, using T    value their time greatly. And being
Mobile’s Hot Spot service,        able to extend their ability to work,
through Nomad Digital.            either going out to Heathrow or
  Brian Raven, managing director  extend it when they’re coming into
of Heathrow Express, says: ‘Our   London, is seen by our customers
customer base, be they bankers or as being of great value.’

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     PEOPLE ROUND-UP                                                                            CHAIR WILL RAISE THE
 Steve Dawson taken up a post as head of
                                                   She has been acting managing
                                                director group services since November
                                                                                                PROFILE OF ENGINEERING
 specialist business for Autoglass. He will     2005.                                           Eileen McDermott, a             Eileen
 be focusing on the rail industry, as well as                                                   consultant engineer at          McDermott
 buses and coaches.                             DELTARAIL TAKES ON NEW                          systems engineering firm
     Dawson says:‘Keeping vehicles in           BUSINESS DIRECTOR                               Frazer-Nash Consultancy,
 operation is crucial for train, coach and      Jon Zieve has joined the DeltaRail board        has been appointed as
 bus and businesses so if an emergency          as group business development director          the new chair of the
 does arise, it’s important that they can       from the British Nuclear Group. He has          Young Members Railway
 rely on a service provider to deal with the    previously had a variety of senior              Division Committee of
 situation quickly and efficiently.’            business development posts in large             the Institution of
                                                companies in the airports, utilities,           Mechanical Engineers
 NORTHERN RAIL STATION                          support services and nuclear sectors.           (IMechE).
 MANAGER TO ADVISE COUNCIL                         Zieve, 57, has built up significant             Her role on the
 ON COMMUNITY RAIL                              experience of PFI projects, including the       committee will allow her
                                                Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the                to reach out to young
                                                Docklands Light Railway extension.              people and help them to
                                                   Anna Matthews, chief executive of            consider an engineering
                                                DeltaRail says:‘I am delighted Jon is           career in the railway
                                                joining the DeltaRail team. His broad           industry.
                                                experience and record will add                     McDermott said: ‘The rail sector in         ‘Meeting this challenge will
                                                significantly to the growth and                 Britain is facing several complex           require enthusiastic and talented
                                                development of the company, helping to          challenges for the future, such as          young people to enter the industry
     Simon Clarke
                                                accelerate the realisation its highly skilled   reducing environmental impact of rail       to find solutions for the future –
 Simon Clarke, Northern Rail’s station          and professional workforce.’                    travel, growing passenger numbers           and I relish the opportunity to
 manager for Lancashire, is taking a                                                            and increasing demands on reliability       support this cause through being on
 secondment post as Lancashire County           WOELK HEADS HENDERSON                           and performance.                            the IMechE’s panel.’
 Council’s Community Rail Partnership           INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT
 officer.                                       Recruitment firm the George Henderson
     He will be responsible for helping to
 shape and develop the newly established
                                                Group has taken on Larry Woelk as
                                                managing director of its new division –
                                                                                                 GBRF GETS NEW DEPUTY MD
 South Fylde Line Community Rail                Henderson International Recruitment.             Ralph Goldney is GB Railfreight’s          early retirement. John Smith,
 Partnership. He will also work with the           Woelk, born in Dodge City, Kansas, has        new deputy managing director,              GBRf’s managing director, said:
 Leeds-Morecambe, East Lancashire and           run companies and divisions in the               replacing Mark Pickersgill.                   ‘I’d like to thank Ward for the
 Clitheroe Line Community Rail                  logistics and supply chain industries in            Another change on the                   years of hard work and loyal service
 Partnerships.                                  Europe, North America and Asia.                  company’s board sees Kevin Walker          he has given us and wish him lots
                                                   ‘We’re delighted to welcome Larry as          taking over as operations director,        of luck in his retirement from the
 TFL MAKES TWO SENIOR                           head of our international division,’ says        replacing Ward Simpson, 50, who            industry.
 APPOINTMENTS                                   George Henderson Recruitment’s                   has been with GBRf since its                  ‘I’d also like to wish Mark a
 Transport for London has announced             managing director, Mark Botham.                  founding in 2001. Simpson is taking        successful onward career.’
 Steve Allen’s appointment as managing             ‘His first hand knowledge of the
 director of finance.                           industry combined with an
    Allen joined the organisation in 2003
 as director of corporate finance, which
                                                understanding of international
                                                organisations and cultures, means he is
                                                                                                FCC appoints new head of stations
 has seen him arranging a £3.3bn                exceptionally intuitive towards clients’        First Capital Connect has                      Woodbridge, 42, will manage
 borrowing programme and negotiating            needs.’                                         appointed Mark Woodbridge as                the company’s four area
 funding with the Government.                                                                   head of stations.                           managers, who, between them,
    Valerie Todd has been appointed as          MOUCHELPARKMAN’S LOSS IS                           He joins the FirstGroup from             look after 78 stations, and the
 TfL’s managing director of group               UGANDA’S GAIN                                   Passenger Focus, the national               customer services standards
 services.                                      Nigel Stapleton is retiring as director or      consumer organisation, where                manager.
    She also joined TfL in 2003, as director    rail from Mouchelparkman after 13 years         he was the passenger link                      He said: ‘I am very pleased to
 of business services in surface transport.     in the industry.                                director.                                   be joining First Capital Connect
 She is also founding president of the              Before joining Mouchel, Stapleton, 60,         He brings to the role more               at this exciting time. The
 Women’s Transportation Seminar                 worked for Railtrack and National Power.        than 20 years’ experience in                company has achieved much in
 London, an organisation dedicated to the           He intends to undertake charity work        customer relations, operations              its first year and there are many
 advancement of women in the transport          in Uganda later this year on behalf of          and change management, gained               exciting customer focused plans
 industry.                                      AIM International.                              predominantly in transport-                 for the coming years, which I
                                                                                                related industries.                         look forward to.’


GO-AHEAD ANNOUNCES Ellison to be new head of
NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR marketing department
Nick Swift is the new group                                                               Northern Rail has appointed Gabriella           ‘Gabby will be pivotal in driving
finance director of Go-Ahead.                                                             Ellison as head of marketing.                forward the customer-focused
Swift, 42, will take up his role will                                                         She has a background in transport,       approach Serco-NedRailways have
join the board in July.                                                                   having worked for the bus division of        brought to our franchise.’
   He has come from Hanson,                                                               FirstGroup, as well as the Bradford
where he was responsible for                                                              depot, developing and implementing
investor relations and had had                                                            marketing initiatives.
several senior roles in finance                                                               She will be in charge of all of
since joining the company in                                                              Northern’s marketing, including brand
2000.                                                                                     awareness, customer relationship
   He also had experience of the                                                          management, promotional
transport industry, having been                                                           campaigns, advertising and
group financial reporting manager                                                         sponsorship.
at Air New Zealand. Swift is a                 Mark Swift                                     Commercial director Jo North said:
chartered accountant.                                                                     ‘I am delighted Gabby is joining our
                                                                                          team. She brings a wealth of
                                                                                          experience and knowledge that will be
Wassermann is new rail manager                                                            invaluable in leading our marketing
                                                                                          team as we build on the successes of
Jason Wassermann has                          rail communications group                   the first two years of the franchise.
been appointed general                        into the next phase of its
manager of Siemens                            growth and development. A
Transportation                                chartered civil engineer,                     LIGHTOWLER JOINS FIRST SCOTRAIL
Systems’ rail                                 Jason also brings over 17                    A new head of train planning has been       as well as train and crew resource
communications                                years of railway industry                    announced for First Scotrail.               planning and reviewing on-train
group.                                        experience to the role.                         Andy Lightowler, 42, is to further       capacity planning and passenger
   He was formerly                               ‘It’s an exciting time for                improve performance levels and              information systems.
projects and operations Jason Wassermann       the rail industry,’ said,                   deliver innovative and best practice           Lightowler said: ‘I see the new role
director with                                  referring to preparations                   initiatives. He will have responsibility    as an excellent opportunity to make a
Transmitton – a Siemens business.     for infrastructure developments for                  for short and long-term train timing        significant contribution to First.’
   Wassermann, 40, will lead the      the Olympics.

 FABER MAUNSELL APPOINTS                      editor, following a two year period with    joins from Vossloh Information               air transport for the European
 FOUR NEW SENIOR STAFF                        the company as a contractor. He was         Technologies, where he spent eight           Commission.
 Graham Powell, 47, has joined Faber          previously employed by BAE Systems as       years, mainly working on railway                 Finally, Su-Chen Ng will be based in
 Maunsell’s Birmingham office as a            a technical author.                         operations projects that included            the London office’s policy and planning
 regional director. He will undertake            Ken Hay, 53, has started work at         franchise bidding advice, large              team as a consultant. Ng was a transport
 operational management of the                Faber Maunsell’s York office as a           timetabling projects and train crew          planner within Singapore’s Land
 Transportation Planning team in              principal consultant. Previously            planning.                                    Transport Authority and has worked on
 Birmingham and provide technical             employed by Wakefield MDC as                   Senior consultant Coralie Triadou joins   the updating and enhancement of the
 direction and advice on complex              engineering development manager, he         the operational research team in London.     Singapore authority’s four stage strategic
 transportation planning and modelling        will be working on projects for both        During the last five years she has worked    multi-modal transport model.
 projects.                                    private sector and public sector clients.   on highly specialised technical projects
    Dave Drury is to work at the                                                          that include numerical optimisation and      MYLROI RETURNS TO
 Liverpool office as an associate director.   FOUR NEW SPECIALISTS JOIN                   statistical methods applied over a wide      INTERFLEET
 Drury was previously employed by             STEER DAVIES GLEAVE                         range of subjects.                           Ex-Interfleet employee Ian Mylroi has
 Liverpool City Council as a team leader      Transport consultancy Steer Davies              She has a PhD in numerical               rejoined the company a member of the
 within the Highways Management               Gleave has appointed four new senior        optimisation from Université Paris 1,        Business Consulting team at its Derby
 Service area, working on projects such as    staff members.                              Panthéon-Sorbonne.                           office.
 Merseytram Line 1 project.                      Tony Walmsley will work from the            Clémence Routaboul also joins the            He had previously worked at
    Nick Hopper, 45, has joined Faber         Leeds office as principal consultant on     London office as a senior consultant. She    Interfleet’s London office, which he left
 Maunsell’s office in Kent as a technical     project appraisal and management. He        worked on a study of high speed rail and     for a role at the Scottish executive.

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