As president of UITP, Transport for London’s Sir Peter Hendy opened the organisation’s World Congress in Milan this month, where London’s achievements were very much in the spotlight

 
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Sir Peter Hendy took centre stage at this month’s UITP World Congress in Milan, and so did London, the city he represents.

Transport for London’s commissioner has been the first Briton this century to serve as president of UITP, the international association of public transport, and he opened the organisation’s biennial World Congress in Milan on June 8.

TfL has won global admiration for its success in making the case for sustained transport investment, and for sector-leading innovations. During the three-day show, UITP hailed London for being among a select group of cities that have achieved a 10% increase in public transport’s modal share since 2009. Meanwhile, alongside partners Cubic and Barclaycard, TfL received UITP’s operational and technical excellence award for enabling contactless bank cards to be used for Pay-As-You-Go travel on public transport in London.

In his opening address, Hendy said the future for public transport was bright: “We are the people who create growth, we are the people create jobs, we are the people who make cities more competitive and productive.”

 

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Global transport innovations recognised
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