MD’s ar­rival is at crit­i­cal junc­ture for rail com­pany

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Chris Price

Train op­er­a­tor South­east­ern has ap­pointed a new man­ag­ing direc­tor.

First Cap­i­tal Con­nect man­ag­ing direc­tor David Statham will take up the post at the op­er­a­tor serv­ing Kent, south­east Lon­don and part of East Sus­sex on Mon­day, Septem­ber 15.

He takes over from Charles Hor­ton, who stepped down in June to be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Thames­link, South­ern and Great North­ern fran­chise.

Mr Statham ar­rives at a crit­i­cal time for the op­er­a­tor.

The com­pany is in dis­cus­sion with the Depart­ment for Trans­port over a con­tract ex­ten­sion un­til 2018.

Also a Pas­sen­ger Fo­cus sur­vey this month re­vealed South­east­ern was the only rail com­pany na­tion­ally to fall in neg­a­tive ter­ri­tory when com­muters were asked whether they trusted a train com­pany’s judg­ment.

Mr Statham said: “I’m de­lighted to be join­ing the team at South­east­ern at such a crit­i­cal time and am look­ing for­ward to build­ing on the firm foun­da­tions laid by the cur­rent man­age­ment team.”

Mr Statham’s for­mer em­ploy­ers First Cap­i­tal Con­nect lost the Thames­link, South­ern and Great North­ern fran­chise – now run by out­go­ing South­east­ern boss Charles Hor­ton – to South­east­ern’s own­ers the Govia rail­way com­pany, who take over its run­ning on Septem­ber 14.

Govia is it­self owned by the GoA­head Group (65%) and French com­pany Ke­o­lis (35%).

Go-Ahead Group chief ex­ec­u­tive David Brown said: “I’m very pleased that af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive se­lec­tion process David Statham will be join­ing the GoA­head Group.

“His com­mer­cial and op­er­a­tional ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence will be a great as­set for us.

“South­east­ern is an im­por­tant part of our rail port­fo­lio and over the next few years we need to con­tinue im­prov­ing ser­vices for cus­tomers at the same time as be­ing a key de­liv­ery part­ner for the Thames­link Pro­gramme up­grade work.”

South­east­ern is ne­go­ti­at­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Gov­ern­ment un­til 2018.

South­east­ern serves 179 sta­tions and car­ries around 600,000 pas­sen­gers on more than 2,000 train jour­neys each week­day.

Own­ers Govia also run South- ern, Lon­don Mid­land and the soon-to-launch Govia Thames­link Rail­way, headed by for­mer South­east­ern MD Mr Hor­ton, which will be­come the largest rail fran­chise in the UK in terms of pas­sen­ger num­bers, trains, rev­enue and staff.

The new South­east­ern man­ag­ing direc­tor David Statham

Lo­cate in Kent chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Wookey

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