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
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.