UK: Porterbrook has appointed Mark Knowles as Head of Site for the Long Marston rail facility, which the rolling stock leasing and management company is scheduled to take over at the end of June under a 15-year lease with owner St Modwen.
The former military site in Warwickshire is being developed as a rail technology centre. It covers an area of 55 ha and includes a rail connection, 19 km of storage sidings, a 3 km test loop, a short length of electrified line and a number of rail-served light maintenance buildings.
Knowles’s previous senior roles have included Managing Director of Arriva Train Care and Interim Engineering Director at Knorr-Bremse Rail Services, and he has provided consultancy serves to a range of rail businesses.
As well as supporting initial mobilisation at Long Marston, he will take on the long-term development and operational management of the site.