David Statham has been named as Southeastern's new managing director. He will replace Charles Horton, who is taking the reins at the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. The appointment means that the two franchises have essentially swapped managing directors, and also involves a move for David from FirstGroup to Govia.
The Department for Transport has published the shortlists for the next Northern and TransPennine Express franchises, which are due to be awarded in Octiober 2015 and start in the following April. It said the bidders will 'be expected to show how they will make the most of the government’s £1billion investment programme for the rail network in the north of England, which will provide faster and more reliable journeys, more capacity, better trains and improved connections for passengers across the region'.
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