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
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.