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Change of track for Norris

Edinburgh trams boss takes new role at ScotRail

Tom Norris trams freeThe head of Edinburgh Trams is leaving to take up a top role with the new ScotRail operator Abellio.

Tom Norris (left) has led the controversial project for the past two years, seeing it through its launch last May after the long delay that threatened its completion.

Mr Norris will step down as director and general manager at the end of this month. He will move to the new Dutch operator of the rail franchise in what has been a difficult baptism for the state-owned company.

Chief executive Jeff Hoogesteger was dismissed together with Timo Huges, chief executive of parent group Nederlandse Spoorwegen, over “irregularities” in the processing of a public transport contract in the Netherlands.

Both left their posts after an investigation found that an “incorrect and incomplete” statement had been given in relation to a rival bidder. According to the Dutch papers they secretly hired a senior member of the opposition when bidding for a contract in Limburg, one of the provinces of the Netherlands.  They denied having done this until evidence emerged.



Abellio was also criticised after it asked staff to cut logos for previous operator First out of their uniforms because the new staff kit was not ready for launch.



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