Network Rail has appointed Tim Robinson to a new role as director of freight.
Robinson is currently managing director of infrastructure investor, GIS and interim commercial director at GB Railfreight.
He will be responsible for developing the network for freight and managing customer relationships with freight operators. He will also work with Network Rail’s strategy team to help plan further developments for the network.
Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations, said: “As Network Rail devolves decision making to its routes, it is crucial that the national freight industry receives strong management focus at the centre. That is why we have created this role and why we have appointed someone with Tim’s skills and experience.
“Britain relies on rail freight and volumes are predicted to grow by as much as 140 per cent in the next 20 years.”