As part of the NR devolution process and to give focus to the upgrade projects in the region.
Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail has confirmed their plans to hire a "Tsar" or Managing director for the North.
The role will focus on future proofing the northern network including expansion, modernisation and investment over the Northern Powerhouse region.
NR creates northern MD post, but ditches Shaw devolved route idea Network Rail has announced the creation of a managing director to oversee its northern portfolio as part of widespread reforms to deliver more localism – but the new role stops short of the Shaw report’s recommendation that Network Rail establishes a new northern route. The infrastructure owner said it had carried out a review of the devolved route idea, but decided that the “very significant” organisational change would incur excessive cost and disruption, ultimately outweighing the benefits. Instead, Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “We are appointing a ‘railway upgrade tsar for the north’. This new role will ensure a clear focus on future rail expansion, modernisation and investment across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse.