Tube Lines enlists external PR chief

Tube Lines, the private consortium responsible for maintaining and upgrading part of the London Underground network, has made George Hutchinson its first director of external affairs.

Hutchinson has joined the firm after directing the Tube Lines PR account for the past four years at Weber Shandwick, where he was a director. During his time as a consultant he handled the announcement of the firm’s success in winning the contracts for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

He also ran the crisis communications operation set up following the derailment at Camden on the Northern Line. Seven people were injured there last October.

Hutchinson said a priority in his new role would be to handle the announcement this year of more than £275m of contracts on the lines.

Communications director Louise Brooker-Carey, to whom Hutchinson reports, oversees Tube Lines’ nine-strong in-house PR team. Hutchinson said the firm would continue to use Weber Shandwick for the ‘foreseeable future’.

One investor in Tube Lines is Jarvis, which has suffered bad publicity surrounding safety and its transport maintenance contracts.

One of Tube Lines’s key messages has been that there were decades of under-investment on the network prior to it securing the maintenance contracts.

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