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Pier Eringa, source: ProRail

Pier Eringa to resign as CEO of ProRail

Pier Eringa, CEO of Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail since April 2015, will leave his post. The staff change will be made within the transformation of ProRail from a private limited liability company (besloten vennootschap) to an independent governmental body (zelfstandig bestuursorgaan). Eringa has told to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management that he does not want to lead ProRail after the transformation into the governmental structure.

The exact term of Eringa’s resign and the conversion of the rail infrastructure company into the governmental body will be determined after the adjustments with the Supervisory Board of ProRail. The Dutch government intends to send a corresponding bill to the parliament in Autumn. The document is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2021.

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Concrete block at level crossing, source: ProRail

Pier Eringa takes part in the installation of concrete blocks at an unprotected level crossing, source: ProRail.

Excellent chairman

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hans Alders has positively estimated the results of Pier Eringa’s leadership. “Over the past four years, Eringa has shown that he is an excellent chairman. Under his leadership, the performance and reputation of railways have noticeably improved”, he noted. This is evidenced by several facts including the punctuality record of passenger trains, a successful trial of the self-driving locomotive on the Betuweroute, the opening of the Rail Center in Amersfoort, etc.

Pier Eringa commented: “I have enjoyed working at ProRail for the last four years. Together with carriers, shippers and rail contractors, we have achieved a lot in recent years. And that is very noticeable for the traveller and shipper”, he said.

EIM Rail

Besides ProRail, Pier Eringa also leads the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM Rail), an association of rail infrastructure managers. The organisation includes 15 members from 11 European countries. EIM Rail was established in 2002 in order to promote the interests of all rail infrastructure managers in the European Union and European Economic Area.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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