TfL appoints new Transport Commissioner
New York transport boss returns to London
Andy Byford has been appointed as London’s new Transport Commissioner, following an international recruitment and selection process. Byford’s most recent role was President and Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority, where he was responsible for 50,000 staff and devised a $40bn five-year investment plan to renew the city’s transport system.
He will join TfL on 29 June, with the current Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, staying on until 10 July to hand over to Byford and aid his start in the role before he takes up a position overseeing the renovation of the historic Houses of Parliament.
Starting as a graduate trainee at London Underground in 1989, he has lead and transformed transport companies over a 30 year career spanning three continents. Byford takes up the post at a pivotal moment for the organisation and for London as TfL works to help the capital recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and support a safe and sustainable re-start.
Andy Byford said: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of Commissioner and to have been chosen to lead the organisation where I started my transport career over 30 years ago. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, all transport authorities around the world will need to re-imagine how their services and projects contribute to the safe and sustainable re-start of the social and economic lives of the cities they serve. It is a huge challenge, but I know that Transport for London has some of the best people anywhere in the world and we will meet these challenges and will together help build an even better city for everyone.”