Mike Brown has been appointed as the new Commissioner of Transport for London.
After Sir Peter Hendy moved to Network Rail earlier this year (it’s well worth reading his excellent LondonReconnections exit interview), Mr Brown stepped up as Acting-Commissioner in July. To little surprise, he was selected for the top job after an international search for candidates.
Mr Brown was previously in charge of London Underground for five years. When there he managed the enormous modernisation programme and, of course, presided over LU throughout the wave of strikes over controversial moves such as ticket office closures.
The Mayor, commenting on Mr Brown’s appointment said:
“I’m delighted to confirm Mike Brown as London’s new Transport Commissioner. Under Mike’s leadership, we’ve seen record numbers of customers carried on our Tube, DLR and London Overground networks and Tube delays have fallen by well over 40 per cent since 2010. “He brings decades of service, experience and leadership to the role and is the right person to lead the next wave of modernisation and improvement at TfL, to ensure London continues to grow and prosper to the benefit of the whole country.”
TfL have stated that Mr Brown’s priorities are to continue the modernisation of the network, to make the case for taking over suburban rail services, deliver Crossrail and Crossrail 2, and improve the capital’s roads. There are no small jobs on that list.
Given that LU’s prominence at present, with the the closure of ticket offices, staffing changes, introduction of the Night Tube and also the New Tube for London programme, Mr Brown seems a wise choice to head TfL. His knowledge in these areas will be unrivalled and will be a boon to the current and future Mayor.
We wish him well.