Railtrack decides to split up its Euro lobbying brief

Railtrack, the UK tracks authority, has decided against putting its pounds 100,000 European lobbying account with a single agency in favour of a ’custom- built’ team led by Brussels lobbying firm Cabinet Stewart.

Railtrack, the UK tracks authority, has decided against

putting its pounds 100,000 European lobbying account with a

single agency in favour of a ’custom- built’ team led by Brussels

lobbying firm Cabinet Stewart.



The company decided to split the work after seeing presentations

from five firms, including incumbent GPC Market Access Europe and

APCO Europe (PR Week, 7 March).



Cabinet Stewart will handle the bulk of the work such as lobbying

and contact building, while monitoring will be done by

Railtrack’s Brussels law firm Simmons and Simmons.



Spada, a London-based firm specialising in regional funding

issues has also been hired to work with Railtrack’s regional

offices on submissions for EU funds.



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

the company had chosen to split the work because of the

complexity of the brief. It put the business up for review last

month after setting up its own Brussels office, saying it no

longer needed ’so much arms and legs work’.



Dewhurst said the main priority for Railtrack was to make sure it

got its share of EU funds but it was also important that the

company had an input into ’the European railway debate’.



The EC issued a white paper on revitalising the EU’s railways

last July.



This proposes a split between the infrastructure and the

operators similar to that in the UK.



’Having seen how privatisation has worked in Britain, other

countries are looking at it and we want to make sure we are in a

position to show leadership,’ said Dewhurst.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Would you like to post a comment?

Please Sign in or register.