Railtrack, the UK railway track authority, is reviewing its
Brussels lobbying account after a year with GPC Market Access
The company, which was privatised last May, has seen pitches from five
companies including GPC and APCO Europe for an account estimated to be
worth around pounds 100,000 in fees.
Railtrack’s law firm Simmons and Simmons has also presented and is one
of two ’monitoring’ companies seen by Railtrack. Hill and Knowlton and
Adamson Associates were approached for the business but declined to
Philip Dewhurst, Railtrack’s director of corporate affairs, said the
company had decided to review the account after setting up its own
three-strong office in Brussels last year. The team is headed by former
civil servant David Moss.
’Railtrack’s requirements had changed’, he said, ’because we’ve now got
three people based there and there is not so much arms and legs
We can do that ourselves. What we do need is some strategic support and
a good monitoring service so that we know when opportunities arise.’
Dewhurst said one of the company’s main priorities would be to make sure
it got its fair share of European Union funds for investment in the rail
infrastructure - vital if the rail industry is to stem the continuing
the decline in freight traffic.
Commenting on the timing of the appointment, he said: ’It’s quite a
complex brief, we’re still analysing their responses but we want to
start working with someone in the next couple of weeks.’