Transport for the North (TfN) chairman John Cridland is to retire in July and the sub-national transport body (STB) has now begun the process of appointing his successor.
It follows the recent departure of chief executive Barry White. TfN said that Mr Cridland (pictured), who has been its chairman for nearly six years, will remain in post until its annual meeting.
It added that during Mr Cridland’s tenure it has achieved statutory status; launched a 30-year Strategic Transport Plan for the region; and progressed the business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail.
Acting chief executive Tim Wood said: ‘I’d like to thank John for his commitment to both Transport for the North and our shared mission to secure sustained investment to create a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive North of England.
‘During his time as chairman, the partnership at the heart of TfN has gone from strength to strength, speaking with one voice for the North of England and, for the first time, setting out a transport blueprint for the whole region. John has provided consistent leadership during some extremely challenging years in the North. We thank him and wish him all the very best for the future.’
Mr Cridland said: ‘Transport for the North has achieved a great deal over the last six years. We have built a new organisation and produced an economic review of the North which then informed our transformational 30-year Strategic Transport Plan.
‘We’ve negotiated and established a statutory body and produced a Business Plan for our Northern Powerhouse Railway. We are now on the cusp of getting the investment we need on our railways and, for example, on the A66. We have done this by creating a vision for the North, by the North.’
He added: ‘I’d like to thank the North’s civic and business leaders who have collectively and successfully advanced this important agenda, as well as the hard-working team at TfN who have made it all possible.’