NEWS: Lowe Bell to set Railtrack’s new public affairs timetable

nullRailtrack, the subject of one of the Government’s most controversial privatisations, has replaced its incumbent public affairs agency GJW with Lowe Bell Political.

Railtrack, the subject of one of the Government’s most controversial

privatisations, has replaced its incumbent public affairs agency GJW

with Lowe Bell Political.



The company, which looks set to face much stiffer regulation in the

event of a Labour Government, appointed Lowe Bell Political last week

after a competitive pitch against several other agencies, including the

incumbent.



GJW had been providing strategic counsel to Railtrack since last April,

when both it and Matrix were drafted in by Financial Dynamics to

support its work for the company. Matrix ceased working for Railtrack in

late spring.



Neal Lawson, deputy managing director of Lowe Bell Political and former

aide to Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown, said the agency’s success may

have stemmed from its strong Labour team which also includes Ben Lucas,

formerly in Shadow Home Secretary Jack Straw’s office.



GJW director Paul Barnes said the agency’s loss may have resulted from

the absence of senior members of its Labour team from the Railtrack

pitch, due to conflict of interest issues. The agency is currently

working on the West Coast mainline railway campaign.



Simon Miller, Railtrack’s public affairs manager, said he had been

impressed by Lowe Bell’s political judgement and ‘the analysis of the

political climate in which a company is placed’. He would not confirm

why GJW was ousted but said he was happy with the quality of the

agency’s work.



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