Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of industry leader, David Hughes, as its new Director of Strategy and Programme.
The appointment of David Hughes to this position is a significant coup; for the past 15 years, he has been involved in a range of senior roles at Transport for London (TfL) and in that time, has overseen a huge transformation in the capital’s transport network.
Set to take up his new role in February 2020, David Hughes will coordinate investment across the region, and will have oversight of the delivery of some of the region’s most high profile projects.
He will be able to draw on the vast experience of his achievements at TfL, during which time he played a major role in planning all aspects of the multi-billion capital investment programme.
Since becoming England first sub-national transport body last April, TfN has worked hard to change government attitudes and lobby for the implementation of important infrastructure investment in the North.
This is an ongoing process but this latest appointment will be key moving forward.
Barry White, Chief Executive of TfN, said this appointment will be “critical” in the drive to rebalance the economy and spending throughout the country.
He said: “There’s never been a time when the future of transport and investment in the North of England has been as high on the national agenda.
“A perfect time for someone with David’s experience to join us.
“David has forged successful partnerships right across the capital, leading the delivery of multi-billion investment programmes and coordinating major projects such as Crossrail.
“He’s been instrumental in driving a step-change in London’s transport network – a change that we too want to see for the passengers of the North.
“His knowledge and experience will be critical in making a commanding case to government to level-up our economy.”