Thursday 23 Feb 2017
Network Rail strengthens Wessex route management team
Network Rail has appointed Jason Bridges into a new key role of Chief Operating Officer for its Wessex route, which includes all services to and from Waterloo, to strengthen the daily focus on delivering a safe and reliable railway.
Jason’s responsibilities will include leading the development and delivery of train performance, maintaining the railway, reliability, productivity and efficiency initiatives.
Jason joins the Wessex Route from Saudi Arabia, where he is currently operations consultant for Network Rail Consulting in the Middle East. Before joining Network Rail, Jason worked in Australia as general manager for Sydney Trains.
Becky Lumlock, route managing director at Network Rail’s Wessex route, said: “Jason brings with him a wealth of industry experience from around the world, which will be invaluable as we continue to work towards a safer and more reliable railway.
“Jason will be responsible for a range of areas including operations, maintenance and train performance and I look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
Jason will join the Wessex Route in May 2017.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Network Rail’s Wessex Route
- Network Rail’s Wessex Route covers all railway infrastructure in and out of London Waterloo, as far south as Portsmouth, Southampton and Weymouth, and as far west as Salisbury, Earley and Windsor & Eton Riverside.
- Over 2,000 passenger and freight services operate every day on the 1,300 miles of track in the Wessex route.
- The route includes Britain’s busiest stations, London Waterloo, and Britain’s busiest interchange station, Clapham Junction.
- In 1996, the lines to and from Waterloo carried 108 million passengers per year. Today, this has more than doubled to over 230 million passengers every year.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.