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New Network Rail boss announced

Mark Carne has been named as David Higgins’ successor as chief executive of Network Rail.

Carne, a former executive for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East, will join Network Rail in January next year, taking over from outgoing boss David Higgins on April 1.

Higgins had previously indicated that he would not stay in the post for the whole of CP5 and may leave by the end of 2014.

Network Rail’s chairman, Richard Parry Jones, said: “Each and every day, Network Rail has to provide a safe and reliable railway for the travelling public as well as the train and freight operating companies, at the same time as working to improve the network to help us meet unprecedented growth in demand.

“That poses a unique set of challenges for any chief executive, demanding the skill and experience to translate engineering excellence into daily operations safely and effectively, as well as keeping the public informed of what we are doing and why.

“Through his work with Shell and BG Group in very testing and difficult environments, Mark Carne has shown that he has the necessary skill and global experience to build on, and develop further, what Network Rail has already achieved in meeting these challenges under the leadership of David Higgins. We thank David for all he has done for the company.”

In a statement announcing his appointment, Carne said: “The success of Network Rail is vital for Britain’s economy and this is an exciting time for the whole rail industry. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Network Rail and look forward to working with the team to drive performance to new heights.”



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