On 4 and 5 December, the Managing Director of London Underground Mike Brown visited Bulgaria. The visit was part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in Bulgaria. It aimed to exchange experience and best practices in the mass transport sector, as well as to explore opportunities for future business collaboration between Bulgaria and the UK.
During the visit Mike Brown met the executive director of Sofia Metro Eng. Stoyan Bratoev, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and various business representatives. Mr. Brown gave insight into the British expertise in the field of the overground and underground transportation. He visited several Sofia Underground stations and the Central Dispatch Point.
Chargé d’Affaires Catherine Barber stated:
We are very excited about Mike Brown’s visit to Bulgaria to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
The visit showed that there are many opportunities for cooperation between Bulgaria and the UK in the public transportation sector. British companies can help their Bulgarian partners with experience in managing contemporary transport structures and integration of the most modern technological solutions.
Meanwhile, Mr. Brown remained impressed with Sofia Metro and everything that was achieved in terms of the accessibilitiy, security and the design of the Sofia Underground stations.
We believe that this visit will be the beginning of a successful partnership between Bulgaria and the UK in the mass transport sector.
About London Underground
Founded 150 years ago, London Underground is the first of its kind in the world. Today it transports more than a billion passengers every year and makes 3.5 million journeys every day on 11 lines and 283 stations.
London Underground continues to evolve and develop, providing high quality public transportation to the residents of one of the largest and busiest metropolises in the world.
About Mike Brown
Mike Brown joined London Underground in 1989 and became its Chief Operating Officer in 2003. He left London Underground in 2008 and for two years ran Heathrow Airport for BAA during the delivery of a multi-billion pound investment programme.
As Managing Director of London Underground, Mike is responsible for operating services that see more than one billion journeys every year and for leading the largest line upgrade and investment programme the Underground has ever seen. Mike was appointed as Managing Director for London Rail in November 2010 and is responsible for integrating National Rail services with London’s transport network and taking forward major rail projects in London, including London Overground.