Work continues to help the next three routes (Wales, Kent/HS1 and London North Western) get ready for go-live by October 2011.
Also today Network Rail outlined a timetable for further intended changes linked to changing its route structures:
A new function will be created in June 2011. Called network operations, it will be led by Robin Gisby – currently director of operations and customer services. This will completely replace operations and customer services; all teams from that function will work in network operations
A new position of freight director will be created in network operations
In October 2011, at the same time as the next routes go live, the director, infrastructure maintenance and the balance of his team, join network operations
The remaining routes will all go live no later than March 2012
Commenting on the planned changes to both operations and maintenance, Mr Gisby said: “We have to make sure that we support the changes and opportunities that will emerge in our devolved routes with a centre that is able to match the pace of delivery they will demand. With maintenance and operations working so closely in our new route structure to meet our customer needs, it makes a lot of sense to do the same centrally.”