Ford will be familiar to any journalist who has ever worked on a Manchester crime story – before joining First Transpennine Express in January, she’d headed up the press office at GMP since 2009, and was a part of its comms team for 13 years in all.

Since January 2015 she has led the comms team at the Manchester city centre-based train operator, which is owned by Aberdeen-based FirstGroup. FirstGroup won the TransPennine franchise in December 2015 and will hold it until at least 2023.