London’s transport commissioner recognised in the New Year’s Honours list after successful year

A host of transport industry faces have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

London transport commissioner Peter Hendy has been awarded a knighthood for services to transport and the community. He was previously made a CBE in 2006 for his work keeping the capital’s transport system running in the wake of the 7/7 bombings.

Hendy’s knighthood reflects a busy year where he oversaw the London transport network during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the much bigger logistical challenge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commenting on Hendy’s knighthood, London mayor Boris Johnson said: “Sir Peter Hendy richly deserves this honour.  He has shown outstanding leadership as London’s transport commissioner, including overseeing the largest ever investment programme in the capital’s transport network. He also led the successful operation of the transport network for the London 2012 Games, demonstrating to the world that London is the best city to live, work, visit and invest in.”

Johnson also paid tribute to Howard Collins, the chief operating officer of London Underground, who has been awarded an OBE for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and London Underground, and Nana Nyarko, a bus service controller with London Buses who kept the capital moving during the London riots of August 2011. He has been awarded an MBE.

Elsewhere, Christopher Garnett, the former chief executive of train operator GNER, has been awarded an OBE for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Garnett was also chair of the Olympic Transport Board.

Meanwhile, there have been a number of MBE’s awarded to professionals in the rail industry. Julian Crow, a regional manager with First Great Western has been honoured for services to the rail industry. Also being recognised is Richelle Walsh, a customer service assistant with Northern Rail at Greenfield Station. She receives an MBE for services to the rail industry and the community in Oldham. Meanwhile, Judith Biggs, a station host at Warwick Parkway station, receives an MBE for services to rail passengers.


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