Trains boss announces retirement

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THE managing director of South West Trains has announced he is to retire at the start of next year.

Andy Pitt, 52, who has also worked for Stagecoach, SWT’s parent company, for 10 years, and in the rail industry for three decades, will leave on January 2, 2012.

He will be replaced by Tim Shoveller, currently managing director of East Midlands Trains.

Mr Pitt said: ‘I will be leaving the company on a career high after South West Trains was named Passenger Operator of the Year just last month.

‘It’s been a great honour to have had responsibility for one of the country’s most important rail networks and to have been part of such a motivated and dedicated team of railway people.

‘I wish them every success for the future.’

Mr Shoveller said: ‘I’m looking forward to improving our performance even further.’