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CrossCountry appoints Production Director

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Responsible for operations and engineering, Helen joins CrossCountry after recently completing a
number of projects with East Midlands Trains and Hitachi on the IEP project (InterCity Express

Helen began her career with Steer Davies Gleave before holding a number of roles with Virgin

Commenting on Helen's appointment, CrossCountry Managing Director Andy Cooper said: "Helen brings a wealth of experience to our senior management team and her skills in change and project management will be essential moving forward. I know Helen will make a major contribution to our business and help maintain CrossCountry as a respected, safe and innovative UK train operator.

Helen took up her new role on 13th September and will be based at CrossCountry's Birmingham
headquarters. She replaces Sarah Kendall who has moved to work within Arriva's Mainland Europe management team.

For more information please call the CrossCountry Press Office on 0121 2006115 or email

Notes to editors

CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to

CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operators with more than 42,000 employees and operations across 12 European countries. The link to Arriva is The link to Deutsche Bahn is

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CrossCountry facts and figures

PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)

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