Thursday 18 May 2006
NEW ‘FAT CONTROLLER’ FOR SWINDON
Notes to editors1. The post of the Route Control Manager has been designed to lead within the control and allow consistent and effective decision-making to ensure the railway network runs as smoothly as possible for passengers. It is a strategic role, and particularly important for minimising delays resulting from operational incidents 2. A joint Network Rail and First Great Western working group have been in place for around 18 months developing a number of work streams in preparation for full integration and 400 man days of training and upskilling have been delivered
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