LETTERS: Network Rail has tough task ahead

I am writing regarding the amusing piece in PRWeek that linked the departure of one of my team with recent press coverage about the company over the Christmas period (News, 11 January).

In fact, our head of external communications Chris Rumfitt tendered his resignation many months before the events of the last couple of weeks and the piece implies a link that simply isn't there.

Over the Christmas holiday period Network Rail invested more than £100m to improve the rail network through more than 1,000 separate engineering jobs - three overran.

That's three too many in our book and we have some hard work ahead of us to remind everyone of the reputation we have earned over the past five years for performance.

I am confident Chris's successor will find the role suitably exciting and challenging.

Victoria Pender, group director, government and corporate affairs, Network Rail.

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