Railtrackcreates PR role to handle repairs

Railtrack is to appoint a specialist communications manager to handle the notorious West Coast Main Line.

Railtrack is to appoint a specialist communications manager to

handle the notorious West Coast Main Line.



The newly-created position is being established in preparation for

extensive repairs to be made to the line later this year.



’The new person will be responsible for keeping the public aware of the

improvements and keeping MPs and decision makers in the loop,’ said

Lesia Kozlowsky, manager of corporate affairs responsible for

modernisation of the West Coast route.



Kozlowsky denied that the new post would be chiefly concerned with

damage limitation, saying most work will be carried out overnight to

cause a minimum of disruption. The communications manager will report to

Kozlowsky.



Last June, Railtrack was ordered by Rail Regulator Chris Bolt to

increase the line’s capacity so that the service offered by all 15 of

the line’s train operators would improve.



The line runs trains by operators including the Virgin Rail Group which

has consistently score poorly on the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority’s

performance league tables.



The West Coast Main Line, which runs from London to Glasgow, includes

over 1500 miles of track. The line is due to be upgraded to the tune of

pounds 5.8 billion, with work on track, power lines and gantries

expected to continue until 2005.



The closure of Proofhouse Junction in Birmingham for 19 days in August

is likely to increase the PR problem for both the line and the operators

because trains will be rerouted.



The appointment will bring to four the number of PROs involved with the

modernisation project. Kozlowsky expects to fill the post by May.



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