Former TTC boss Andy Byford to move up London’s transportation system

Chris Fox,

Revealed Wednesday, Could 27, 2020 9:44AM EDT

Final Up to date Wednesday, Could 27, 2020 9:46AM EDT

Former TTC boss Andy Byford will take over as London’s transport commissioner, dashing the hopes of some Torontonians who had brazenly speculated about whether or not he may return to Canada following an almost two year-run as head of New York Metropolis’s subway system.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced on Wednesday that Byford has been appointed as the following commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), a job that he’ll start on June 29.

In London, he’ll take duty for one of many world’s most in depth transit techniques however one that’s dealing with vital monetary challenges associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The system did just lately obtain a 1.6 billion pound ($2.7B CAD) bailout from the British authorities however that cash is just anticipated to cowl its income shortfalls via October and comes with strings hooked up.

“’I’m delighted to verify Andy Byford as London’s new transport commissioner. COVID-19 has had a profound influence on public transport in London however Andy brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience to steer TfL because it faces this unprecedented problem,” Khan stated within the press launch saying Byford’s hiring.

Byford ran the TTC for greater than seven years however he left the town on the finish of 2017 to develop into the President and CEO of the New York Metropolis Transit Authority, a job that he stated on the time was “arguably the hardest job in transit.”

Whereas in New York he was affectionately known as “Prepare Daddy” and was credited with serving to to scale back subway delays and securing funding for a $51 billion overhaul of the transit community.

There have been, nevertheless, stories of stress with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Byford resigned in January after lower than two years on the job.