Director of Rail Policy to retire after four decades in railways

1 March 2013

Michael Beswick has announced that he will retire and step down from his role as Director of Railway Policy at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) in June 2013.

Looking back at his career Michael Beswick said:

I have worked in the railways for 37 years, 19 years at ORR, and greatly enjoyed my time, particularly working with so many people who are dedicated to delivering a better railway. It has been great to see Britain's railways revitalise, modernise, improve and grow in that time, and I am pleased to have helped contribute to these successes.
I look forward to playing an important role during my final months at ORR, as we prepare to publish our draft determination in June setting out the plan for Britain's railways for the period 2014-2019."

On behalf of the ORR Board, Chair, Anna Walker said:

The Board and I would like to thank Michael for his outstanding contribution to ORR. His deep knowledge of the railways and commitment throughout his career at the regulator, spanning nearly 20 years, have helped to deliver the improvements in safety, performance, and efficiency on Britain's railways that we see around us today.

Notes to editors

  1. Michael Beswick joined ORR in 1994. Prior to his current role he was director of infrastructure regulation concerned with the regulation of Network Rail's stewardship of the network and network performance, and also providing operational, safety and engineering advice to the office.
  2. He holds an MSc degree in economics and has 37 years' experience of working in the railway industry. This includes operations, marketing, planning and business management roles in British Rail.