Rail industry responds to news of Digital Railway boss David Waboso’s retirement

8 January 2019

It has been announced that David Waboso CBE, Managing Director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme will step down from the position to retire in March.

David Clarke, Technical Director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA) said: “I would like to thank David Waboso, on behalf of the Railway Industry Association and its members, for his work and dedication as Managing Director of the Digital Railway Programme.

“Throughout his career in the rail industry, David has been the go-to person for delivering complex rail systems projects efficiently and collaboratively. He retires with a tremendous legacy of projects that will continue to deliver benefits for passengers and freight users long into the future. 

“Most recently, his work on the Digital Railway Programme saw the introduction of new procurement practices, like the Early Contractor Involvement scheme, which are revolutionising how the industry delivers new projects, allowing for greater innovation, lower costs and improved delivery.

“We will miss David but wish him all the best in the future and we look forward to working with his successor.”

Notes to Editors
  1. About RIA: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 230+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

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