FirstGroup rail infrastructure director joins the ORR

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FirstGroup’s rail infrastructure director has been appointed as the Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR) new director of railway performance.

Commenting on his appointment, Alan Price, who has previously held roles with London Underground, Metronet and Bechtel, said: “It is a great time to be joining ORR. I look forward to working with Richard Price and the whole team at ORR helping to deliver its strategy for the UK rail industry.

“ORR will need to use all its influence and powers if we are to provide the framework that will incentivise the greater cross industry collaboration required to deliver the necessary improvements in efficiency, performance, infrastructure management, and safety across the whole sector.”

The ORR’s chief executive, Richard Price, said: “I am delighted that Alan Price is joining us at this crucial time for the rail industry. Alan will bring to ORR very substantial railway experience, and a deep understanding of the issues facing the industry, particularly on asset management and infrastructure delivery.

“As director of railway performance, Alan Price will play a key role in influencing the shape of the industry and its priorities for years to come, helping to drive a step change in whole industry performance and efficiency for the benefit of taxpayers, passengers and freight customers who rely on Britain’s railways.”

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