NEWS: Candfield makes tracks for new LCR role

London and Continental Railways, the company behind Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, the pounds 3 billion fast rail link to the Channel Tunnel, has appointed former civil servant Jeremy Candfield as its first director of corporate affairs.

London and Continental Railways, the company behind Europe’s biggest

infrastructure project, the pounds 3 billion fast rail link to the

Channel Tunnel, has appointed former civil servant Jeremy Candfield as

its first director of corporate affairs.



Candfield, who started work last Tuesday, joins from Union Railways -

now a wholly-owned subsidiary of London and Continental Railways - where

he has been director of government affairs for two years.



Jan Stewart, who handled media relations for the consortium during the

bidding process, has now left and was unavailable for comment.



In his new job Candfield will handle all LCR’s external affairs as the

company prepares for flotation, probably towards the end of 1997.



Candfield joined Union Railways as government affairs manager in 1991

from the Department of Transport. He was promoted to director in 1993

and given a seat on the main board in 1995.



Candfield retains his role as head of Union Railways government affairs

department - now shrunk from 20 people to half that number as the

Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill nears the end of its two-year passage

through Parliament.



Candfield is expected to keep his team at LCR relatively small as there

is already substantial PR expertise elsewhere in the group.



Eurostar, the passenger rail service, has a new marketing and public

relations team drafted in from LCR partner Virgin Group. The engineering

arm of Union Railways, which is in charge of the actual design and

constuction of the rail link, also has its own people handling local

press relations.



In addition LCR has two retained agencies: financial PR firm Financial

Dynamics and lobbyist Politics International.



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