Glaister to continue as ORR chair

Highways Reporters

Stephen Glaister has been reappointed chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) until December 2017.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin made the announcement today (30 June 2016).

ORR is the UK’s independent rail regulator and strategic roads monitor for England. Accountable to Parliament, it protects the people who work on, use, or interact with the railway. It also advises the government in ensuring Highways England carries out its investment programme on England’s strategic road network effectively.

The reappointment provides continuity of leadership as the government considers the recommendations of the Shaw report on the longer term future, shape and financing of Network Rail and completes further work on its implementation.

Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at Imperial College, London, Glaister has been chair of the ORR since January 2016.

Mr McLoughlin said: “A strong, independent regulator is essential in maintaining the safe and smooth running of the UK’s transport network. I am confident that Professor Glaister will continue to bring leadership to the ORR as we consider the broader shape and structure of the rail industry and ensure Highways England delivers efficiently on its roads programme.”

Mr Glaister said: “ORR has made great strides this year in progressing the safety, value and performance of railways and roads, for today and for the future. In my first six months I have also been hugely impressed by the calibre and commitment of the ORR’s staff. I am very pleased to be asked to extend my term for a further year which I feel is an acknowledgement of the progress we are making.”

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