East Midlands Trains’ managing director, David Horne, has been chosen to head the new Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture set to operate trains on Britain’s East Coast main line.
From January, Horne will become managing director of the new eight-year InterCity East Coast franchise – named Virgin Trains East Coast – which will take over operation of services from March 2015.
David began his career as a ticket office clerk in Cornwall in 1988. He has been managing director of East Midlands Trains since 2007 and prior to that held senior roles at South West Trains and Virgin Trains.
Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “David has a wealth of experience of the railways which will be invaluable as we prepare to launch the new franchise.”
He added: “I am confident David will be a great addition to the East Coast team and will use his experience to make Virgin Trains East Coast a huge success.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Karen Boswell, who has been Managing Director at East Coast over the past five years. In challenging circumstances Karen has ably led a team of 3,000 committed employees and ensured we have a good platform for our future plans.”
David Horne 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.
“I’m really excited about the future for Virgin Trains East Coast and I’m looking forward to meeting the team and getting started on the next phase of the journey.”
Jake Kelly has been appointed managing director of East Midlands Trains.