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David Waboso to retire from Digital Railway in March

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme, has announced that he will retire in March, the same month in which he turns 63.

He joined Network Rail in 2016 from Transport for London, where he had been director of capital programmes, delivering a catalogue of major tube upgrades.

Announcing David’s upcoming departure, Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines paid tribute to his work, saying: “Through his skilful leadership and passionate advocacy, Digital Railway is now becoming a reality on ever growing sections of our railway system.

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy (right) has called David Waboso “one of the most talented project engineers in the world”.

“He leaves a fantastic legacy of a clear direction for delivery through CP6 and beyond, integrating track and train to deliver benefits for passengers and freight users.”

The former maths teacher originally obtained degrees in civil engineering from Coventry University and Imperial College London. After a spell of teaching in east London, he worked on water supply and transportation projects in Nigeria.

Joining the Nicholas Group, David project managed the Docklands Light Railway block resignalling upgrade. He was also instrumental in the integration and commissioning of the Jubilee line extension for its millennium opening.

Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail, has described David Waboso as “one of the most talented project engineers in the world” and “a giant in his profession”.

A further announcement on the transitional arrangements and his replacement will be made in due course.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.


  1. I just happen to be surfing through this site when I found this article about Mr Waboso’s retiring. Although I am from the U.S., I became acquainted with Mr Waboso through looking at episodes of “The Tube” on “YouTube” videos. Through them I learned about the overall operations; the ups and downs of operating, maintaining and upgrading the London Underground……clearly no small undertaking. Waboso played a major role in both maintenance and upgrade projects, particularly with respect to the purchase of the S-7 and S-8 rolling stock for District, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and Circle lines of the underground. But after reading this article and seeing all the other projects that was involved in, I see the I didn’t even know the half of how extensive his talents and flexibility were. I wish him well in his upcoming retirement!!!


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