Two management positions have been filled in a new holding company poised to take control of the Scottish rail system.
The Scottish government announced in December 2019 that Abellio would forfeit his contract from April 1 and that ScotRail would become public property.
The holding company, Scottish Rail Holdings (SRH), is due to be formed early in the new year and will oversee ScotRail Trains Limited in the provision of rail services.
Transport Minister Graeme Dey announced on Friday that Chris Gibb will take over as chief executive and that David Lowrie has been appointed term finance director as the hiring process continues.
Mr Dey said: “I am delighted to announce that two senior positions have been appointed within Scottish Rail Holdings, both of which bring a wealth of knowledge to the rail industry.
‘We are on track to provide SSR in the new year which will provide ScotRail services within the public sector under Scottish government control and make the transition as smooth as possible for rail passengers and staff. April 1, 2022.
“The Scottish Government believes that this is the most robust and durable model available under current UK rail law, which we have no power to change.
“It balances the ability of experienced rail professionals to make operational decisions and overall accountability to the Scottish Government.
“We would also expect to see strong partnerships with Network Rail and other parts of the industry as a key part of the new agreements.
“We anticipate that the formal transfer of ScotRail staff to the new arrangements will begin over the next few months and full details and assistance will be provided to all concerned in due course.”