Neil Grabham has today been named as the new managing director of Merseyrail.
Currently the customer services director for East Midlands Railway, Neil brings a wealth of experience both from the rail sector and beyond, having previously undertaken senior leadership roles for Greater Anglia, Signet Jewellers, and Lidl.
Neil replaces Andy Heath, who left Merseyrail earlier this summer and Jane English who has been acting managing director for the last ten months.
Merseyrail, which runs 600 rail services per day across the City Region, is currently part way through the roll out of a pioneering new fleet of class 777 trains onto the network as part of a significant modernisation programme on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Neil will lead the business through this change with a focus on delivering the highest quality rail service for local people on behalf of the Combined Authority, in partnership with Merseyrail’s shareholders Serco and Transport UK.
Neil said “I feel very proud to have been given the opportunity to lead the fantastic team at Merseyrail, who I know share my ambition to deliver a railway that the communities we serve can be proud of. This is an exciting time of transformation, with new trains being introduced, and the opportunity to deliver real improvements in the journey experiences of our customers”.
John Whitehurst, managing director of Serco’s Transport business, said: “We are delighted that Neil is joining Merseyrail. He brings with him a wealth of experience and a real focus on customer service, which is so important for Merseyrail as we continue to transform the service on the back of the new train introduction. I would also like to thank Andy Heath for his service as Managing Director.”
Neil will take up his post from mid-August.
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