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[July 22, 2014]
Ex-airport chiefs gets highways position [Newcastle Journal (England)]
(Newcastle Journal (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE man formerly in charge of the UK's biggest airport has got a new job - running England's motorways and major A-roads.
Ex-Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews has been appointed non- executive chairman of the Highways Agency which is to become a Government-owned company.
Matthews will start on September 1 and be paid Pounds 130,000, for a minimum of 78 days' work per year.
He takes over from Alan Cook, who has been the agency's chairman since January 2011.
Mr Matthews worked at Heathrow for more than six years.
During his reign, Cook faced criticism for Heathrow Airport's handling of winter weather problems.
Thanking Cook for his hard work, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, said: "Colin Matthews' appointment demonstrates the commitment we have to revolutionising our roads." Mr Matthews said he was delighted to be in the new job, adding: "Roads mattter to the drivers and economy.
He added: "My focus will be on making them work better." The Government estimates the changes to the structure of the Highways Agency will save taxpayers at least Pounds 2.6bn over the next 10 years and will make the new company more accountable to Parliament and road users.
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