One boss changes tracks

One Railway boss Dominic Booth is to leave the company early next year. The announcement comes just days after Mr Booth, One managing director, was grilled by three Norfolk MPs over continued problems on the Norwich to London line.

One Railway boss Dominic Booth is to leave the company early next year.

The announcement comes just days after Mr Booth, One managing director, was grilled by three Norfolk MPs over continued problems on the Norwich to London line.

But a spokesman stressed that promises made at the meeting - including improving reliability and punctuality - will remain priorities.

Mr Booth will be replaced by Andrew Chivers, an engineer who has experience of the railway at Thames and Chiltern.

He has also been responsible for c2c and Silverlink as managing director of London Lines.

Mr Chivers said: "I am delighted to be joining One at this exciting time for the region. London and the east of England are regions of critical importance to the national economy and two of the fastest growing economic areas in the UK. The rail service we provide is integral to the success of the region and I can assure passengers that our priorities will continue to be offering a safe, punctual and reliable railway, allied with excellent standards of customer service.

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"I've been working with Dominic on a number of projects at One over the last eight months, which will enable us to manage a seamless transition. I'm looking forward to building on the organisation's positive progress to make One an even more successful company, providing the first rate service our passengers expect and we intend to deliver."

Mr Booth and Jon Wiseman, route director of Network Rail, attended a select committee style meeting with MPs Ian Gibson, Richard Bacon and Norman Lamb on Friday where it was announced part of a £200m scheme due to start in 2009 was to be brought forward to next Christmas.

Mr Chivers will take over on January 1 but Mr Booth will continue to work out his notice before leaving to head up NedRailways UK Limited - the overseas arm of the Dutch national railway company.