19 April 2011

Transforming transport

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today strengthened his top team at City Hall as he delivers an unprecedented transformation of the capital's transport network.

Isabel Dedring will become Deputy Mayor for Transport, while Deputy Chairman of Transport for London Daniel Moylan, who will work with the Mayor to deliver key projects, will increase his time commitment from two to four days a week.

The appointments come after Mayor Boris Johnson secured the biggest investment in the capital's transport system in 80 years. In tough negotiations with central Government and in a tough financial climate, Boris Johnson has ensured that Crossrail will be built in full and secured funding for the massive Tube upgrades. These two projects alone will increase capacity on the network by more than 30%. In the next four years, three Tube lines will be fully upgraded, new trains will be delivered to five lines, major progress will be made on the Crossrail project, the London Overground rail network will be completed, and the capital's bike hire scheme will be extended.

In other appointments, Sir Peter Rogers is to join the Mayoral team as Director of Regeneration, Growth and Enterprise, as soon as he is able to stand down from his current position as Chief Executive of the London Development Agency.

Kulveer Ranger's work on the cycle hire scheme and the Oysterisation of London's rail network has seen him promoted to Director of Environment. He will be tasked with delivering a healthier, cleaner London and long-term improvements in quality of life and will also take charge of the Mayor's digital agenda.

Anthony Browne will be leaving City Hall to join the re-election campaign team, with the task of developing policy for the next Mayoral contest.

The Mayor Boris Johnson said: “I am grateful to all my deputies and advisors for their sterling work over the last three years, cutting crime, improving transport, seeing London through the recession, creating opportunities for young people, improving quality of life and preparing for the 2012 Games. Today’s changes strengthen the team even further and allow us to take London forward with energy, ability and vision.”

These moves follow yesterday's announcement of Edward Lister's appointment as Boris's Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning and will take the Mayoral team through next summer's Olympics and beyond.



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