TransPennine Express Class 802 on newly wired section of TRU under diesel power (Photo: Tony Miles)

UK: Network Rail has announced the appointment of Neil Holm as Managing Director of the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme.

Headshot of Neil Holm

He has been Programme Director for the project since January 2021. Before that was with BAE Systems as Programme Director for aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and Head of Programme for its sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, and previously worked on Eurofighter Typhoon programmes after studying Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University and Design, Manufacture & Management at the University of Cambridge.

‘I am proud to lead a programme of thousands of brilliant people that will transform rail travel across the north in the coming years’, he said on January 23.

‘Work is well underway across the route spanning 113 km between Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds and York. We’ve already delivered key upgrades across the route and have a big year ahead, including the ongoing construction of a new station at Morley, upcoming major works at Stalybridge beginning in March, and several other major steps throughout 2023.’