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24.01.14

Head of heavy rail appointed at Nexus

Nexus has created a new role to advise on heavy rail matters and help the PTE to lobby government for key decisions on rail services in the north.

James Farnell-Smith has been appointed as head of heavy rail, and will work on the on-going refranchising of Northern Rail, as well as advising on HS2 and leading development for Nexus on the North East Rail Strategy.

He joined Nexus as a graduate trainee in 2009 and was managing the Tyne and Wear Metro’s operating contract with Deutsche Bahn.

Farnell-Smith said: “This is a new and exciting opportunity for me and I’m very much looking forward to it. I hope I can bring some focus back and work with our partners in the wider north east to really influence the decision makers and make heavy rail a much more attractive product for the passengers.”

“I will miss the day to day challenges of managing the Metro concession but I have always wanted to do something more strategic and now I have the opportunity to do so.”

Nexus director of rail and infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “The new Head of Heavy Rail is a major strategic appointment for Nexus and will give us a greater voice on all heavy rail matters at a key time.”

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Comments

Shez   05/10/2015 at 12:02

It's not right that NEXUS are trying to "give themselves a greater voice on heavy rail matters", these do not concern then at all. They should not be involved in the refranchising of the Northern Franchise at all, they have no jurisdiction over this.

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