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Transport Deputy Chief to step down

Transport for the North has announced that the lead officer for Rail and Roads is to leave in May.

After working in transport planning for 30 years, Darren Oldham – who is also Transport for the North’s Deputy Chief Executive - will step back from his role, with the organisation soon beginning the process of appointing a successor.

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Speaking on his decision to step down, Darren said:

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the people of the North of England and work so closely with the political and business leaders of the North to build a better-connected transport network.

“But I believe the time is right for me to move on. I have worked in transport planning now for 30 years, and I’d like to take a slight step back to reassess and pursue new opportunities.

“I have really enjoyed my time at TfN, and I am immensely proud of the dedicated Strategic Rail, Major Roads and legal teams I lead, and I know they will continue to carry forward the mission of creating a better-connected North of England for future generations to come.”

To ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible, Director for Strategy, Analysis and Communications Katie Day will take over the role of Deputy Chief Executive from the 1st April.

Transport for the North Chairman, Lord McLoughlin, also commented:

“Darren has decided to leave the role of Road and Rail Director this spring. We thank him for his leadership, contribution in his time at TfN. We all wish him the very best for the future.”


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