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David Rowlands has been appointed permanent secretary of the Department for Transport. ...
David Rowlands has been appointed permanent secretary of the Department for Transport.

He replaces Rachel Lomax who is to become deputy governor of the Bank of England.

Transport secretary Alistair Darling said:

'David Rowlands brings with him a formidable

experience and reputation on transport and will help ensure that the

government's policies for improving transport are delivered.'


Mr Rowlands, 55, started his career with IMI plc. He joined the

Department of Trade & Industry in the mid 70s and moved to the

Department of Transport in 1983 where he held a number of posts with

responsibilities for aviation, shipping and ports and railways. He is

currently director general, railways, aviation, logistics maritime

and security and led the creation of Network Rail after Railtrack was

put into administration and the successful delivery of public private

partnerships for the London Underground and the National Air Traffic


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