John Cridland will retire from the role as Chairman of Transport for the North (TfN) this summer.
He will remain in the independent post for the coming months until TfN’s annual meeting in July.
John has been Chairman of the North’s Sub-national Transport Body for nearly six years, chairing the partnership of Northern civic and business leaders.
During this time TfN has acted as one voice for the North of England; achieved statutory status; launched a 30-year Strategic Transport Plan for the region; and progressed the business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail, a transformational programme of new and upgraded railways spanning the North. A process to appoint a successor will now begin.
Tim Wood, Acting Chief Executive at Transport for the North 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.”