David Waboso CBE, Managing Director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme, will retire in March, it has been announced.
Since joining Network Rail in June 2016, David Waboso has played a key role in the strategic operation of introducing new technology and digital solutions that support the growth of rail and the UK economy.
He has been crucial in the establishment of the Digital Railway Strategy, launched last year to ensure all trains and signalling are digital or digital ready this year.
Last year, David Waboso spoke to Business Britain about the importance of the strategy, and the need to introduce technology to tackle the capacity and performance challenges that the rail sector currently face.
Prior to joining Network Rail, he worked at London Underground Ltd for 11 years, where he was integral in leading the upgrade of trains and infrastructure to digital technology.
His services to transport were rewarded with a CBE and Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, said David is leaving a “fantastic legacy,” giving the organisation clear direction for the delivery of Control Period 6 (CP6).
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) said that he has left a “tremendous legacy of projects.”
David Clarke, Technical Director, 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.”