c2c appoints new Engineering Director
National Express train operator c2c has appointed Dan Barrett as the company’s new Engineering Director.
Dan will be responsible for the ongoing £12m refurbishment programme of c2c’s current fleet of 74 trains, important new projects like the introduction of onboard Wi-Fi for passengers, and the procurement of 17 new trains for c2c from 2019.
Dan is joining from leading train manufacturer Hitachi Rail Europe, where he was the Deputy Head of Engineering, and worked on the UK’s fastest trains, the 140mph “Javelin” services that run on the high speed link from Kent to London.
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “Dan joins us at an exciting time for c2c. We have already started the refurbishment of our current fleet to make our trains lighter, brighter and more comfortable for passengers, and our major upgrade for 2016 will be the introduction of free onboard WiFi. Dan will also be leading our work to purchase 17 new trains for c2c – an increase of over 20% on the current fleet.
"As well as welcoming Dan I would like to say a really huge thanks to our Interim Engineering Director, Ian Papworth. His hard work and support has been invaluable, especially the way he managed the start of our fleet refurbishment programme."