ATOC puts public affairs account up for tender

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has ended its two-year relationship with Westminster Strategy and is seeking a new public affairs agency.

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has ended its

two-year relationship with Westminster Strategy and is seeking a new

public affairs agency.



The association, which represents all the UK’s railway

franchise-holders, is drawing up a list of agencies at the moment and

expects to see pitches next month. Westminster Strategy’s contract with

ATOC was due for review at the end of this month, but the agency’s

deputy managing director Mike Lee said it would not be repitching.



The public affairs brief includes monitoring, strategic advice and

political positioning among audiences including ministers, civil

servants and the railway community in England, Wales and Scotland.



The chosen agency will report to ATOC communications director David

Campbell Bannerman. He said: ’The brief has matured because of the shift

in power towards the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assemblies, regional

development agencies and local authorities.’ Campbell Bannerman added

that he would consider either an agency with representatives in Scotland

and Wales, or a mix of smaller local consultancies.



Issues on ATOC’s agenda include the shadow strategic rail authority,

which was brought into being by the recent integrated transport White

Paper and begins operation next month.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in