Steve Murphy, currently managing director of MTR Elizabeth line, has been promoted to become Chief Executive Officer of MTR UK, a newly created entity that will replace MTR Europe.

This move follows news of the retirement of current CEO Jeremy Long, that will take place in September. Accordingly, Steve will take up his new position on 1 October.

Steve has been managing director of MTR Elizabeth line since the company was awarded the concession to operate Elizabeth line services across London in 2014.

He has almost 30 years of industry experience including as chief operating officer at Arriva Group, managing director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) and managing director of Chiltern Railways.

As CEO of MTR UK, Steve’s remit will include responsibility for all rail, infrastructure and business development activities in the UK.

Gill Meller, MTR Corporation’s legal and european business director, said: “This is an exciting development for MTR’s business operations.

“Steve has played a significant role in the growth and success of MTR Elizabeth line, and his appointment as CEO will allow him to draw on his extensive knowledge and experience more widely, as we look at the longer-term opportunities for MTR in the UK.”

Commenting on his new appointment, Steve said: “MTR is an outstanding organisation that I have been lucky enough to be part of for over ten years, firstly with LOROL and then with MTR Elizabeth line. It is an honour to be asked to lead MTR’s UK businesses as CEO.

“Looking forward, I am determined to build on MTR’s global reputation for quality and innovation, and I’m excited about the role we can play in the UK’s economic regeneration at such a critical time.”

A new managing director for MTR Elizabeth line will be announced in due course.

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