Last month Rock Rail announced the appointment of senior infrastructure developer and financier Jim Eldridge as Regional Managing Director heading up its new operations in Australia.
Sam Sherwood-Hale, Editor of Rail Professional magazine, shone the spotlight on Jim in an in-depth interview about his career in infrastructure financing within the transport industry, his motivations for returning to Rock Rail and the company’s new venture in Australia.
Jim talks about his previous 37-year career with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and how his passion for rail was ignited. He shares his insights into the world of infrastructure financing and Rock Rail’s innovative model for the procurement of rolling stock and other rail infrastructure. Jim also highlights how Rock Rail’s model offers transport authorities and operators highly competitive, flexible financing with off balance sheet benefits, representing a genuine alternative to the direct government purchase and Public Private Partnership models currently used.
Published in this month’s UK and Asia Pacific editions of Rail Professional you can read the full interview here