Eurostar chief govt Mike Cooper has confirmed he’ll step down from the position to take over as chief of European passenger transport operator Arriva.
He’ll take up the brand new publish in October.
Cooper will succeed Manfred Rudhart, who’s stepping down as Arriva chief govt following nearly 5 years within the position.
A terse assertion from Eurostar stated: “Eurostar shareholders have taken word of this determination and have now already recognized a successor.
“He might be formally appointed to the Eurostar Worldwide Restricted board of administrators within the subsequent few days.”
Cooper beforehand labored for Arriva for 9 years.
He left the enterprise in 2014 to turn out to be the chief govt of Yodel earlier than taking on at Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and Mainland Europe.
Previous to Arriva, he was the chief business officer of easyJet from its flotation in 2000 till 2005, and earlier than that the managing director of the direct gross sales enterprise of the Thomson Journey Group.
Cooper commented: “I’m actually wanting ahead to re-joining Arriva.
“Latest occasions have disrupted all types of transport, however it has additionally introduced into sharp focus the vital position passenger transport performs within the trendy world, from retaining individuals linked and supporting key employees within the combat in opposition to the coronavirus by to aiding financial restoration.
“At a time of uncertainty, Arriva’s aspiration to be a trusted mobility associate has by no means been extra vital.”
Additionally at the moment, Eurostar confirmed that its London-Amsterdam service will function totally direct each to and from the Netherlands from October 26th.
Tickets for the direct return journey go on sale from September 1st.
The route presents a journey time of simply over 4 hours from Amsterdam and three and a half hours from Rotterdam to London.
With bookings speak in confidence to six months prematurely of journey, passengers can plan forward for journey over the Christmas interval and as much as February 2021.