Network Rail has announced that its new chief executive will be Andrew Haines OBE, currently the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Mr Haines has had a wide ranging career in the rail industry and transport sector, including working as a left luggage clerk at Victoria station.
He will take up his role in the early autumn following a period of handover with current chief executive Mark Carne.
His annual salary will be £588,000 inclusive of benefits, to be reviewed annually. Network Rail pointed out that this is 27% lower than Mr Carne’s package.
Chair Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: ‘Andrew’s broad experience of rail and transport, and his reputation for relentless delivery and improvement makes him the ideal candidate to carry on with the transformation of Network Rail that has been led by Mark Carne.'
Mr Haines said: ‘Since my first job as a left luggage clerk at London Victoria I’ve been passionate about improving the services that the railways provide to customers and the wider economy.
‘It will be an immense privilege to work alongside the dedicated, professional colleagues at Network Rail and many partner organisations to deliver closer working between track and train, embed devolution and turning the digital railway strategy into reality whilst efficiently delivering on challenging safety, operational, engineering and investment commitments.’
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘I welcome Andrew’s appointment as Network Rail chief executive. He has done an outstanding job at the CAA, and has an impressive track record in the rail industry.
‘Under Andrew’s leadership I look forward to Network Rail continuing its transformation into devolved route businesses, working in partnership with train operators to improve performance for passengers.’
Mr Hendy, Mr Haines and Mr Grayling all paid tribute to Mark Carne. Mr Hendy said: ‘Mark has been exceptional in his personal leadership of the delivery of the biggest ever upgrade programme in the railway’s history, and ensuring that Network Rail has focused on delivering for passengers, freight and the public.’