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New York City’s ex-metro boss named ‘Train Daddy’ is appointed as TfL’s new transport commissioner

A former chief of the public transport system in New York will become London’s next transport commissioner.

Andy Byford’s appointment was confirmed by the mayor of the capital, Sadiq Khan and the Board of Transport for London (TfL), and he will start on June 29.

Current Transportation Commissioner Mike Brown will remain on until July 10 before taking up a new position as supervisor of the renovation of the Palace of Westminster.

Mr. Byford earns £ 335,000 a year – the same amount as Mr. Brown – and receives performance bonuses.

Andy Byford (pictured) has been appointed as Transport for London boss, it was announced today

Andy Byford (pictured) has been appointed as Transport for London boss, it was announced today

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) announced the move

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) announced the move

Mr. Byford resigned from his previous position in New York City after arguing with Governor Andrew Cuomo (photo)

Mr. Byford resigned from his previous position in New York City after arguing with Governor Andrew Cuomo (photo)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan (left) announced the move. Mr. Byford resigned from his previous position in New York City after arguing with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right)

As president and chief executive of the New York City Transit Authority (photo, the city), Mr. Byford was responsible for 50,000 employees and devised a five-year, $ 40 billion (£ 33 billion) investment plan to renew the city's transportation system

As president and chief executive of the New York City Transit Authority (photo, the city), Mr. Byford was responsible for 50,000 employees and devised a five-year, $ 40 billion (£ 33 billion) investment plan to renew the city's transportation system

As president and chief executive of the New York City Transit Authority (photo, the city), Mr. Byford was responsible for 50,000 employees and devised a five-year, $ 40 billion (£ 33 billion) investment plan to renew the city’s transportation system

As president and chief executive of the New York City Transit Authority, Mr. Byford was responsible for 50,000 employees and devised a five-year investment plan of $ 40 billion (£ 33 billion) to renew the city’s transportation system.

The 54-year-old left the role in January after repeated clashes with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Mr Khan said, “I am delighted to confirm Andy Byford as London’s new Transport Commissioner.

Covid-19 has had a major impact on London’s public transport system, but Andy has a wealth of experience and expertise to lead TfL in this unprecedented challenge.

“I look forward to working with Andy as we build a greener city with clean and eco-friendly travel, including walking and cycling, at the heart of the recovery.

“I would like to thank Mike Brown for everything he has done for the capital since joining TfL in 1989. I wish him the best of luck in his new role. “

Mr Byford was born on the Isle of Sheppey and grew up in Plymouth before studying French and German at Leicester University.

Mr Byford was born on the Isle of Sheppey and grew up in Plymouth before studying French and German at Leicester University. later he worked in Australia, Toronto and New York City

Mr Byford was born on the Isle of Sheppey and grew up in Plymouth before studying French and German at Leicester University. later he worked in Australia, Toronto and New York City

Mr Byford was born on the Isle of Sheppey and grew up in Plymouth before studying French and German at Leicester University. later he worked in Australia, Toronto and New York City

He graduated with a dual distinction and later obtained a transportation degree from the University of London.

He first joined TfL as a graduate trainee in the London Underground in 1989, before jumping through a number of different roles, including the Sentry Manager in 1992, Group Station Manager for King’s Cross St Pancras Group in 1994 and Station Operations Manager for the Metropolitan , Circle and Hammersmith and City Line 1996.

Andy Byford’s previous positions at TfL:

  • 1989-1992: Graduate Trainee
  • 1992-1994: Duty Station Manager
  • 1994 – 1996: Group Station Manager – King’s Cross St Pancras Group
  • 1996-1998: Station Operations Manager – Jubilee Line Extension Project
  • 1998 – 2000: Train Service Delivery Manager, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines
  • 2000 – 2003: General Manager – Customer Service, Bakerloo, Central & Victoria Lines

Mr. Byford exchanged the metro for national services, and became Operations and Safety Director for South Eastern Trains from 2003 to 2006, and then Southern Railway Operations Director from 2006 to 2009.

He decided to leave Britain when asked to serve as Chief Operating Office at RailCorp in New South Wales, Australia.

After two years of Down Under, he moved to Toronto, Canada to take over as CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission.

The ‘Train Daddy’ climbed up there until he became CEO a year later.

He spent six years in Canada before making the 500-mile journey south to New York to become president of the city’s Transit Authority.

He entered the Big Apple during a time of crisis and was tasked with modernizing the metro system.

Mr. Byford had long-term plans for the city’s metro network and also tried to improve the city’s buses.

But he reportedly had frequent splashes with Cuomo and sent a letter of resignation for the first time in October.

Mr. Byford (pictured in Toronto in 2016) said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Commissioner and have been chosen to lead the organization where I started my transportation career over 30 years ago.”

He took this back, but quit for good in January, with American news outlets attributing it mainly to a decrease in his authority.

Mr. Byford said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Commissioner and have been chosen to lead the organization where I started my transportation career over 30 years ago.

In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, all transportation authorities around the world will have to rethink how their services and projects contribute to a safe and sustainable restart of the social and economic life of the cities they serve.

“It is a huge challenge, but I know that Transport for London has some of the best people in the world and we will take on these challenges and together contribute to an even better city for everyone.”

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