Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed Kevin Hargreaves to be ‘the UK’s first Key Route Network (KRN) Manager’, responsible for the development and performance of the region’s 600km network of major roads.
TfGM said the role gives Mr Hargreaves responsibility for ensuring that the KRN - which covers 7% of Greater Manchester’s roads across 10 local authority districts and carries 64% of A and B road traffic -forms an efficient part of the region’s integrated transport network, ‘supporting growth and prosperity across the region’.
Kevin Hargreaves, TfGM's KRN manager
As well as aiming to improve the KRN’s operational performance in partnership with Highways England and local authorities, the role includes helping to manage scheduled and unplanned events and incidents and managing TfGM’s highways response to planning applications that affect the KRN.
Mr Hargreaves, who has joined TfGM after working at Wigan Council as traffic manager, said: ‘I’m looking forward to working in this new role at what is an exciting time of progress and growth for the region.
‘Greater Manchester’s roads are the arteries of the region’s economy. It is essential that the KRN functions effectively, with minimal delays and congestion, to support economic growth.’
Separately, struggling Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, has appointed Nick Brown as chief operating officer, replacing Dyan Crowther, who is leaving to become CEO of HS1 Ltd.
Mr Brown, who will take up his new role in November, was previously Transport for London’s interim managing director, London Underground and rail but left following the appointment of Mark Wild to the permanent role in April.
GTR said Mr Brown is a ‘highly experienced transport professional with more than 35 years’ experience in the industry’.
Chief executive Charles Horton said: ‘Nick's broad experience and intimate knowledge of the sector makes him ideally placed to help us achieve our business goals and deliver a better railway and excellent service for our customers going forward.'
Mr Horton congratulated Ms Crowther on her new role and thanked her for ‘her significant contribution to GTR over these past two years’.