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23.02.17

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

Network Rail has appointed Jason Bridges into the new role of chief operating officer for its Wessex route, a line including all routes to and from Waterloo as well as the UK’s busiest interchange, Clapham Junction.

Bridges, who will start his new role in May, will oversee the development and delivery of train performance as well as the maintaining of the railway, reliability, productivity and efficiency initiatives along the line, which currently carries over 230 million passengers through Waterloo each year.

The Wessex route also covers lines as far south as Portsmouth, Southampton and Weymouth, and as far west as Salisbury, Earley and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

The new chief operating officer comes to the role from Saudi Arabia, where he is currently an operations consultant for NR Consulting in the middle east. Before this move Bridges had worked as general manager for Sydney Trains in Australia.

Becky Lumlock, route managing director at NR’s Wessex route, spoke of the appointment: “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.”

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