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New Chair of Network Rail announced

Sir Peter Hendy, who delivered London’s Olympic transport plan, appointed as new chair of Network Rail.

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The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announced the appointment of Sir Peter Hendy as Network Rail’s new chairman today (25 June 2015).

He made the announcement to Parliament during a statement on Network Rail delivery, in which he called on the new chair to review the company’s programme of rail investment and report back to him on it in the autumn.

Announcing Sir Peter Hendy’s appointment Patrick McLoughlin said:

The current Transport Commissioner in London Sir Peter Hendy is someone of huge experience, who helped keep London moving during the Olympics, he will be a huge asset to Network Rail in overseeing their delivery in coming years.

Welcoming his appointment Sir Peter Hendy CBE said:

Network Rail has a critical role in the railway industry and the whole British economy, by facilitating economic growth and enabling job creation. I am delighted to be asked to chair the Board and help it, the executive team and the whole organisation fulfil Network Rail’s full potential. I am looking forward to working with Mark Carne as he takes the organisation forward.

Welcoming the appointment Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

Peter Hendy has given 10 years of superb service to London. He has helped oversee the biggest programme of investment in transport since Victorian times - from Crossrail and the Tube upgrades to the cycle superhighways. He delivered a near perfect transport plan during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and earned TfL the admiration of passengers from around the world. It is quite right that those skills should be deployed on the national stage. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Peter on projects like Crossrail 2 and rail devolution that are of colossal importance for London and the UK economy.


Sir Peter Hendy CBE has been Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) since 2006, having previously served since 2001 as TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport.

He led and prepared for the successful operation of London’s transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He was formerly Deputy Director UK Bus for FirstGroup and previously Managing Director of CentreWest London Buses. He started his transport career in 1975 as an LT Graduate Trainee.

He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, having been appointed CBE in 2006.

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Published 25 June 2015