Railtrack focuses on lobbying in Brussels

Railtrack, the UK railway track authority, is reviewing its Brussels lobbying account after a year with GPC Market Access Europe.

Railtrack, the UK railway track authority, is reviewing its

Brussels lobbying account after a year with GPC Market Access

Europe.



The company, which was privatised last May, has seen pitches from five

companies including GPC and APCO Europe for an account estimated to be

worth around pounds 100,000 in fees.



Railtrack’s law firm Simmons and Simmons has also presented and is one

of two ’monitoring’ companies seen by Railtrack. Hill and Knowlton and

Adamson Associates were approached for the business but declined to

pitch.



Philip Dewhurst, Railtrack’s director of corporate affairs, said the

company had decided to review the account after setting up its own

three-strong office in Brussels last year. The team is headed by former

civil servant David Moss.



’Railtrack’s requirements had changed’, he said, ’because we’ve now got

three people based there and there is not so much arms and legs

work.



We can do that ourselves. What we do need is some strategic support and

a good monitoring service so that we know when opportunities arise.’



Dewhurst said one of the company’s main priorities would be to make sure

it got its fair share of European Union funds for investment in the rail

infrastructure - vital if the rail industry is to stem the continuing

the decline in freight traffic.



Commenting on the timing of the appointment, he said: ’It’s quite a

complex brief, we’re still analysing their responses but we want to

start working with someone in the next couple of weeks.’



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