Merseyrail again appoints Dutch boss

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Dutchman Maarten Spaargaren has been appointed the new boss of the Merseyside rail system.

He will succeed his compatriot Bart Schmeink who after four years leaves on December 1 to head Amsterdam’s public transport company GVB

Mr Spaargaren will be the third Dutchman to run the network, which is 50%owned by the Dutch transport group Abellio. Mersey rail is one of the most intensively used networks in the UK, with more than 800 trains and around 110,000 passengers per on week days.

Mr Spaargaren, who has a Master’s degree in Economics, has in the past 12 years held various positions in the Dutch national railway company, Netherlands Railways NS.

At NS, he has led the timetable development department and the bid for the High Speed Line South between Amsterdam and Brussels and also served as operations director.

He also worked on various bids for UK rail franchises for Merseyrail’s parent company Abellio.

Merseyrail is among the most punctual train companies in the UK, with 95% of trains arriving on time for the 12 months up to the end of July.

It is also the highest rated train company in the UK with a 91% “satisfied or good” rating by passengers in the National Passenger Survey of Spring 2011.


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