New boss named for new East Coast rail firm

Peterborough Railway Station. Photo: Paul Franks

Peterborough Railway Station. Photo: Paul Franks

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The head of the new company which will take over responsibility for running rail services on the East Coast Main Line next year has been confirmed.

David Horne, currently managing director of Stagecoach-owned East Midlands Trains, has been appointed to play a leading part in the transition to the new InterCity East Coast franchise to be operated by Stagecoach and Virgin from March. He will take up the role this month and become managing director of Virgin Trains East Coast when the franchise starts.

He has spent more than 25 years in the rail industryand has held senior positions within South West Trains and Virgin Trains.

He said: “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this major new franchise. I’ve travelled on East Coast on many occasions over the years and have seen first-hand the level of pride the team have and the focus on delivering a great service for customers.”

The consortium of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin and Stagecoach has was announced as the winner in November of the £3.3 billion East Coast contract.