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Alex Hynes - Articles and news items

Northern’s commitment to change

Issue 6 2016 / 23 November 2016 /

Northern is just over six months into a nine year programme to transform rail travel for customers. From new trains to more services, Northern will set the standard for future train operating franchises. Why are they doing this? And why are they investing £1 billion to make it happen for customers? Northern’s Managing Director Alex Hynes provides more details.

Northern launches new look electric trains

Rail industry news / 12 February 2015 /

Northern Rail unveiled its new look class 319 electric units…

A clear vision for rail in the North

Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /

Operating 2,500 services every day, Northern Rail serves an area stretching from the Scottish Borders down to Nottingham and Stoke and from Southport and Sellafield in the West to Whitby and Hull in the East. It’s a wide ranging landscape of rural communities, market towns and bustling urban centres where rail services are at the heart of economic regeneration. The franchise was let in 2004 and originally set to run until September 2011 with no forecast of significant growth in passenger numbers. Fast forward nine years and customer journeys have increased by an impressive 42% with journeys on target to total 96 million by the end of the year. After an automatic extension for meeting performance targets, and a seven period continuation enacted by the Department for Transport (DfT), the latest review of the franchising programme means the team at Northern is now talking to the DfT about potentially operating for a further 22 months until February 2016. Enter new Managing Director – Alex Hynes. Previously Commercial Director at London Midland and most recently MD Rail Development for Go-Ahead, Alex joined Northern in August and in an exclusive interview with European Railway Review discusses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

“Before I took up the role, looking at the scale and complexity of the Northern network, the natural assumption was that it shouldn’t really work, but it does,” comments Alex. “The size of the network, the complex fleet with 13 differ – ent classes of train, and interfaces with over 10 different train and freight operators, all present their own challenges but the team has worked hard to develop and maintain a service that meets customer, stakeholder and client needs.”

Go-Ahead’s Managing Director – Rail Development joins European Railway Review Editorial Board

Rail industry news / 18 January 2013 /

Alex Hynes has joined European Railway Review’s Editorial Board…

Euston joint control room points to way forward for rail industry

Rail industry news / 5 October 2011 /

A new control room at Euston station has opened as part of a collaborative effort from Network Rail, London Midland & Virgin Trains…