Brighton and London businesses to assume management control of Metrobus in a move that the group says will focus commercial expertise

Go Ahead has confirmed industry rumours surrounding the future of its Metrobus subsidiary with the news that it is to split responsibility for the operator’s deregulated business and its contracted operations in the London market.

It follows the decision by Alan Eatwell, the current managing director of Metrobus, to retire at the end of June. The lack of a recruitment process to appoint a successor to Eatwell had led many in the industry to speculate that Go Ahead was looking at consolidating the business.

The move will mean that, from July 1, Martin Harris, who moves from commercial director at Go North East to the role of managing director of Brighton & Hove following the retirement of Roger French next month,will  assume board level responsibility for Metrobus’ deregulated operations outside of  London.

John Trayner, the managing director of Go Ahead London, the group’s traditional London bus business, will take on responsibility for Metrobus’ London operations, which operate out of Orpington and Croydon.

Kevin Carey, currently operations director at Metrobus will be promoted to the new post of chief operating officer of Metrobus, reporting to both Harris and Trayner but retaining day-to-day management responsibility for Metrobus.

Commenting on the decision to split board-level responsibility of the business, Go Ahead chief executive David Brown said: “These changes will enable the teams at Metrobus and Brighton & Hove to  focus on using their commercial expertise to build on their successes to date in growing passenger numbers, and on sharing best practice across the two businesses.

“It also makes sense for the key supplier relationship with Transport for London to be led by Go Ahead London, the capital’s largest bus operator.”

 

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