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Network Rail poaches David Waboso from London Underground to lead digital arm

Network Rail has poached London Underground’s capital programmes director David Waboso to head up its Digital Railway arm.

Mr Waboso will become Network Rail’s managing director of digital railway after spending more than 10 years leading London Underground’s annual £1.5bn tube upgrade programme.

Mr Waboso lead the company’s Digital Railway Programme, which comprises works aimed at boosting capacity on Britain’s rail network through digital signalling and new technologies.

His start date has not been confirmed, but Network Rail hopes Mr Waboso will take up the role in June, with a handover period alongside current digital rail director Jerry England, who is set to retire later this year.

Mr Waboso is the second high-profile figure to join Network Rail from TfL in the past year after Sir Peter Hendy quit as its commissioner last June to become Network Rail’s chairman.

Prior to joining London Underground in 2005, Mr Waboso was the Strategic Rail Authority’s executive director, where he was responsible for cross-industry programmes to improve signalling and communications systems on the UK’s rail network.

He has also held senior roles at engineering firms Bechtel and Nichols where he managed major upgrades including the Thameslink Programme, Jubilee line extension and Docklands Light Railway.

David Waboso managing director Digital Railway Network Rail

Network Rail poaches David Waboso from London Underground to head up digital rail arm

David Waboso

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: “Our Railway Upgrade Plan is making a huge difference for passengers, but we need to move further and faster to bring in the kinds of digital technologies that other industries have already shown can provide the capacity gains on existing infrastructure.

“Attracting someone of David’s talent highlights the progress we have made and our determination to use technology to unlock capacity on Britain’s congested network.

“I look forward to working with him and I know he will continue Jerry’s excellent work in making sure we have the plans and funding in place to deliver the railway Britain needs for the future.”

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