Network Rail up for grabs

Network Rail is holding a pitch for its public affairs account, placing incumbent agencies MHP and Edelman on alert.

Out to pitch: Network Rail's public affairs account
Out to pitch: Network Rail's public affairs account

A handful of agencies have already been contacted to pitch for the retainer, with a decision expected later this month.

Network Rail's lobbying is overseen by head of public affairs Ed Wilson. The rail operator has used MHP, previously Mandate Communications, on a retained basis since 2007. It has also used Edelman for public affairs projects in recent years.

A spokesman for Network Rail said MHP and Edelman had been invited to repitch.

Last week, the Office of Rail Regulation unveiled plans to make Network Rail justify bonuses paid to bosses.

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