East Midlands Railway launches

The prestigious launch of the new East Midlands Railway franchise was held yesterday at one of the world’s most iconic railway buildings, Derby College’s Roundhouse.

The Management team announced for East Midlands Railway, with headquarters in Derby, will be headed on an interim basis by Julian Edwards, Deputy MD of Abellio UK, to ensure a successful launch of the new franchise. Julian has promised ‘easier journeys, every day’ with an investment of £600m.

Will Rogers will join as Managing Director of EMR in January 2020.

Will is currently Managing Director of Arriva Rail London, operator of London Overground, and led the successful mobilisation of the Concession and the first three years of operation. In his time in the rail industry he has worked with manufacturers such as Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens, transport authorities such as TfL and DfT, financiers, operators, advisers, maintainers and the Office of Rail and Road.

Other members of the new EMR executive team are Finance Director - Tim Gledhill; Operations Director - Darren Ward; Commercial Director - Lawrence Bowman; Customer Services Director - Neil Grabham; Fleet Director - Chris Wright; Transition & Projects Director - Lisa Angus; HSSE Director - Paul Rushton; and Human Resources Director - Kirsty Derry.

These appointments will help support Abellio’s ambitions for the East Midlands Railway to deliver easier journeys as Abellio invests over £600 million to give passengers more seats, more services, better stations and new trains.

Marketing Derby MD, John Forkin, who attended the event commented “We welcome Abellio’s emphasis on investment & in particular the fact they have chosen Derby as their East Midlands Railway HQ and really look forward to working closely with the team."

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