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Greater Manchester transport chief appointed as European president

Ex-Tube Lines CEO and Transport for Greater Manchester’s current chief executive has been appointed as the new president of European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA).

Dr Jon Lamonte was appointed the new president at this year’s EMTA conference in Manchester, replacing the outgoing Wolfgang Schroll, who is CEO of Vienna-based transport authority Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region.

The non-profit association brings together 26 metropolitan transport authorities from across the continent to enable the exchange of best practice, information, research and experience among members.

Transport for Greater Manchester's CEO Dr Jon Lamonte. Credit: TfGM.
Transport for Greater Manchester’s CEO Dr Jon Lamonte. Credit: TfGM.

EMTA’s general secretary Ruud Van der Ploeg was one of around 40 delegates who attended the conference. He said:  “We are all faced with similar issues and it is extremely useful to visit different regions, experience different transport networks and learn from each other to support the betterment of public transport across the continent.

“It has been a great few days and I have been delighted to speak with fellow transport professionals and travel around Greater Manchester on what is a very impressive and integrated network.”

Jon Lamonte, who joined TfGM in February 2013, added: “I am delighted to have been named as president of this prestigious organisation, which carries within it a phenomenal amount of expertise and experience in the transport sector.

“I am confident that, by leading this body of extensive knowledge, TfGM will continue to benefit in terms of solving future mobility challenges.”

Prior to joining TfGM, Jon worked as CEO of Tube Lines, a subsidiary company of Transport for London with responsibility for the safe and reliable operation of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, and also held senior roles in the RAF and Ministry of Defence.

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