Rail franchises operators & contracts

27.09.07

Senior appointments strengthen Arriva’s UK trains division

Arriva plc, one of Europe’s largest transport services organisations, today announced two senior appointments within its UK Trains division, following the company’s recent success in winning the CrossCountry franchise, which starts operations on 11 November 2007.

Bob Holland has been appointed to the role of managing director - UK Trains with immediate effect. In his new role Bob will have overall accountability for all Arriva’s UK rail operations, with the existing Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) business and the CrossCountry franchise reporting directly to him.

Bob has more than 30 years' experience in the bus and rail industries including six years developing Arriva's mainland European operations, overseeing the rail business in the Netherlands and setting up Arriva's rail operations in Denmark. Under his leadership ATW, which he took over as managing director in 2006, has achieved record punctuality and reliability for the franchise.

Peter Telford will take up the role of director – rail development. In this role, Peter will work with Bob in managing the mobilisation of CrossCountry, and will continue to assess strategic development opportunities including future UK rail bids. Peter led Arriva’s successful bid for the CrossCountry franchise and has extensive financial and rail management experience.

David Martin, chief executive of Arriva, said: "These appointments support the delivery of our future business strategy and our continued success as a leading pan-European passenger rail operator.

“Our UK Trains division has developed strongly this year with ATW sustaining excellent improvements in operational performance, and the forthcoming start of the CrossCountry franchise transforms the outlook for the UK Trains division as a whole.”

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