New director at the West Somerset Railway

steam locomotive Kilmersdon at the West Somerset Railway
Credit: Ron Fisher

The West Somerset Railway has announced that the West Somerset Railway PLC has agreed that Jonathan Jones-Pratt will be co-opted as a director with an immediate effect.

Mr. Jones-Pratt is already well known in the heritage railway world as he owns locomotives GWR engines No. 4936 Kinlet Hall and No. 7027 Thornbury Castle.

Three existing directors Frank Courtney, Richard Maw, and Paul Conibeare were tasked with continuing the search for a new Non-Executive Chairman.

Jonathan also has strong local commercial credentials via his business interests in JJP Holdings which operates a number of commercial transport activities through North Somerset and Somerset.

What did the officials say?

WSR General Manager Paul Conibeare said:

” I have known Jon for a number of years on the railway where he serves as a volunteer engineman, and look forward to working with him over the weeks and months ahead on many issues, including our visit by the Office of Rail & Road (ORR) in October.

“His appointment is welcome news, and he will not only bring a fresh injection of youthful energy and enthusiasm to our Board, but also has solid business skills too that will assist us in dealing with the complex issues and various challenges we face.

“Jonathan’s expected main focus will be to help drive forward a business recovery plan for the plc in developing more revenue and reducing costs from hereon so that our superb railway can be enjoyed to the full by our visitors, volunteers and staff into the future.”

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