Transport for London boss Andy Byford has resigned, after greater than two years within the job.
His departure from the £355,000-a-year commissioner position was introduced on Thursday morning, a day after TfL managed what Byford referred to as its largest problem – the logistics surrounding the Queen’s funeral.
TfL stated Byford plans to return to the US, the place he beforehand ran New York’s public transport authority, and the place his spouse nonetheless lives. Andy Lord, TfL’s chief working officer, can be appearing commissioner from October 25.
The choice comes weeks after TfL secured a long-term funding settlement from central authorities to assist it handle income losses from diminished journeys following the pandemic.
It means Byford has largely achieved its two self-proclaimed targets of opening the Elizabeth line in central London to the deadline and funds it inherited, after Crossrail was stricken by years of delays, and placing TfL again on a steady post-pandemic footing. .
Nevertheless, the position has been fraught with political difficulties, with TfL caught within the crossfire between the Conservative authorities and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as a result of they search monetary assist, and within the matter of business relations as unions battled cuts enforced. The cash from the central authorities is considerably lower than TfL believes it wants and Byford has lengthy warned about the way forward for “managed decline”. Powerful choices on pensions and additional cuts to providers stay and are prone to imply extra strikes.
It is the second time in three years that Byford has stepped down from a number one position, having stepped down as boss of the New York Metropolis Transit Authority in 2020.
Byford stated that with “TfL set as much as transfer positively into the longer term” after the monetary settlement, now could be “the precise time to bow out and proceed residing within the US with my spouse”.
He stated the revealing of Elizabeth’s line was a spotlight of his profession, “so nicely performed as a result of it was one of many final main occasions that Her Majesty the Queen attended. It was an honor to satisfy her, and an honor to supervise the transport preparations for the ceremonial occasion.” to mark his dying.
Khan stated Byford deserves numerous thanks for main TfL by a outstanding time in its historical past. “From retaining town shifting throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, to the historic opening of the Elizabeth line this 12 months, Andy has offered an impressive service to Londoners and his work has ensured that regardless of the challenges we face, our public transport community stays world class.”
His departure will even trigger disappointment at TfL, which additionally misplaced its deputy commissioner and Byford’s successor, Gareth Powell, earlier this 12 months, when he left to change into managing director of Stansted airport. TfL’s chief monetary officer and chief buyer officer are additionally leaving for brand new posts this 12 months amid funding cuts, with Byford talking earlier within the 12 months of his concern at an “exodus of expertise”.
Lord joined TfL on the finish of 2019 as managing director of London Underground, after 30 years in aviation, primarily at British Airways.