Appointment of First Rail Managing Director, Non-Franchised Businesses

Andy Mellors is to take up the position of Managing Director, Non-Franchised Businesses within FirstGroup’s Rail division. As part of this role, he will oversee Hull Trains, Tram Operations Ltd, the Group’s East Coast open access rail company which begins operating in late 2021, and other businesses outside the rail franchising programme.

Andy is currently Managing Director at South Western Railway (SWR) and will take up the role on 6 January. He will stay with SWR until that date. Mark Hopwood, currently Managing Director of Great Western Railway (GWR), will become Interim Managing Director at SWR. Mark’s role will be covered during this time by Matthew Golton, GWR’s current Deputy Managing Director.

Commenting, Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director, said: “We are looking ahead to delivering our plans for more capacity and better customer experiences at all of our rail companies, including the launch of our Avanti West Coast services from 8 December.

“With this in mind, we have created a new role to oversee our non-franchised businesses – as the industry evolves this area of our business is becoming ever more important.

“Andy Mellors brings with him a wealth of experience gained over many years in the industry and has worked hard to improve services for customers at SWR since the beginning of the franchise. I wish him well as he takes forward this new role within First Rail.”