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GB Railfreight strengthens commercial team 08 April 2005

GB Railfreight has strengthened its commercial team with two key appointments.

David Legge becomes business development manager for trainload traffic while Maggie Beecher joins the freight haulier as business and terminals manager at Whitemoor.

Legge joins GB Railfreight from EWS where he spent four years as market manager for aggregates and petroleum traffic. He had previously built up years of commercial experience in aggregates and concrete companies, including Hanson plc.

He will be responsible for developing GB Railfreight’s emerging relationships with customers in the national bulk markets - typically aggregates and building materials, waste, metals and coal.

“I am delighted to have joined a successful and growing company with an excellent reputation for reliability and innovation,” he said.

Beecher will be based at Whitemoor, where she will be responsible for the overall business and operational activities at the Network Rail-owned yard.

“GB Railfreight is contracted by Network Rail to manage all of the operational aspects of the yard and, uniquely, to manage and benefit from the commercial business as well,” she explained.

“I will have total accountability for Whitemoor’s people, its commercial contracts, its operations, processes and systems,” she explains.

Beecher began her railway career 29 years ago in the Manchester Piccadilly TEB and has since worked at British Rail’s Longsight depot and managed London’s St Pancras and Kings Cross.

In a varied career, she has also worked in BR’s Southern Region press office, was a TOPS relief clerk at Piccadilly and a sales rep for the InterCity East Coast Main Line. She joins GB Railfreight from South West Trains where she was Head of Train Presentation.

Note to editors:

· GB Railfreight is part of First Group plc
· Woodhouse Communications issued this release on behalf of GB Railfreight
· For more information contact Paul Lawson of Woodhouse on 01444 473588

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