London, 13 March, 2014 – Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. today announced the appointment of Andy Barr as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sales and Strategy, to start with immediate effect. Based in their London head office, the role will see him charged with generating new business and supporting the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) that accords with the company’s long-term goals.
This new position represents a major step in the expansion of Hitachi Rail Europe, as the management team will boost the growth of the business in the UK and Europe and will oversee the rapid capability expansion through establishing a manufacturing base in the UK and nationwide maintenance facilities to support the Class 800 series trains and anticipated new orders.
Andy has worked for Hitachi Rail Europe since 2005. Over the last decade, he has created a new maintenance business for the company as well as leading the maintenance and servicing aspects of the Intercity Express Programme. He has also worked on the introduction of the Class 395s in the UK. Referred to as Javelin™ trains, these Class 395 trains run on HS1 and were used to provide the shuttle service to the Olympic Park during the 2012 games. Immediately prior to the new role, Andy held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Projects, Operations and Maintenance.
Hitachi Rail Europe is currently contracted to provide new rolling stock for the £5.8bn Intercity Express Programme. The Department for Transport (DfT) is procuring them to replace the Intercity 125 and 225 fleets on the East Coast and Great Western Main Lines with electric and bi-mode trains.
In November 2013, work started on the construction of an £82m factory in Newton Aycliffe, Country Durham. The factory will act as Hitachi Rail’s European train manufacturing hub and will initially be used build the Class 800 series trains for IEP. 730 long-term jobs are expected to be created at the rolling stock manufacturing plant, along with 200 during the construction phase.
Andy Barr, COO, Sales and Strategy for Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “I am delighted to take up this new position of COO, Sales and Strategy. This is a great opportunity for me to lead the team developing the business and to ensure sustainable, long-term growth of the company.
“Hitachi Rail Europe has a unique approach to relationship management and I enjoy being a key part of this. We try to bring customers into the project process at an early stage of the development, so that they feel involved all the way through. The creation of this new role within the executive team will play a vital role in building upon these skills and leading the team to expand the company further into the European market.”
Alistair Dormer, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “I worked with Andy when Hitachi Rail Europe was just a small team back in 2005. His skills and expertise helped create a maintenance business that forms the backbone of future work to come and were vital in contract negotiations on the Class 395 contract.
“In his new role, he’ll help us develop our client base in the UK and Europe. This is an exciting time for Hitachi Rail Europe and I’m glad that Andy will be a driving force behind the company’s success.”
About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK.
Hitachi Rail Europe is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems, and maintenance depots.
Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets. In Europe, Hitachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock contract was to deliver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains, the first domestic high-speed train in the UK, which are maintained at Hitachi’s state of the art depot in Ashford, Kent. As part of the British Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi Rail Europe will replace the UK’s ageing fleet of Intercity trains, and will establish a new rolling stock manufacturing facility in the UK for this purpose. The trains will be maintained and services in a number of new maintenance
depots along the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.
For more information about the company, please visit: www.Hitachirail-eu.com .