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
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
In addition LCR has two retained agencies: financial PR firm Financial
Dynamics and lobbyist Politics International.