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Australian public transport executive appointed as London Underground MD

A public transport leader from Australia has been announced as the new managing director of London Underground.

Mark Wild will leave his current role as special advisor to the minister and secretary of the state government of Victoria and take over the position in June, replacing interim managing director Nick Brown.

Wild was also chief executive of Public Transport Victoria from 2013 to 2015, where he supervised the tram, bus and suburban rail services in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, which are the largest in the world.

Mike Brown, London’s transport commissioner, said: “We look forward to welcoming Mark Wild, who will help us continue the vital modernisation of London’s transport network. With our city’s population rising sharply we need to continue to drive forward change and deliver new and better services so that we can support London’s new homes, jobs and economic growth.

“I would also like to pay tribute to Nick Brown, our departing interim Managing Director. He has made a remarkable contribution to London Underground at a crucial time. Operational performance and customer service have been significantly improved, and he has led a fundamentally different and positive approach to engaging staff, stakeholders and trade unions to bring about real change. We wish him well in his next role."

Wild has also worked on London Underground projects before, including introducing new signalling on the Jubilee and Victoria lines.


Lewis   20/04/2016 at 16:20

Nick Brown, Mike Brown, Mark Wild. Looks like if you work for TfL, your name has to be short enough to fit on a Roundel!

Andrew Gwilt   20/04/2016 at 20:19

Are Michael "Mike" Brown and Nicholas "Nick" Brown brothers or father and son. Or just 2 different people but with the same surname.

Gunzella   22/04/2016 at 01:03

Victoria's bus and suburban train networks are hardly the largest in the world. Their tram network may be. Also Mr Wild is British - not Australian. And you're welcome to him.

Ken Innocent   22/04/2016 at 14:14

Could they not find a Brit to do the job why recruit in Australia

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