David Waboso, Capital Programmes Director for London Underground, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
‘I am extremely honoured to receive this recognition and accept it on behalf of my whole team,’ says David. ‘Modernising the Underground is a huge but rewarding task and it has been a privilege to work alongside very talented colleagues to deliver significant improvements with more trains, increased capacity, better signalling and improved reliability which has helped LU deliver one of the most frequent metro services in the world for our customers.’
The one time mathematics teacher originally trained as a civil engineer and after a spell teaching went on to work on a water supply programme in Nigeria. Later he became the project manager responsible for delivering the DLR’s signalling system and in 1995 he won the prestigious award of UK ‘Project Manager of the Year’.
David then joined the Jubilee Line Extension team where he was instrumental in getting the extension open in time for the Millennium.
He was appointed LU’s Director of Engineering in 2005 following a spell at the former Strategic Rail Authority, where he was an executive director. Since then, he has led the largest upgrade in London Underground’s history.
David recently accompanied both the Mayor of London and the Prime Minister on the visit to India. He is credited with helping develop an agreement between TfL and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRA) to build a mutually beneficial partnership.
He holds a BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering, is a Charted Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, the Association for Project Management and the City & Guilds of London Institute.