Transport for London (TfL) has appointed WSP’s operations director to lead its new international consulting business.
Helen Murphy will join TfL as director of commercial consulting and international operations.
TfL has said it wants its consulting arm to build on the commercial success it has had in licensing its Oyster ticketing technology overseas, which has resulted in Sydney, Miami, Boston and New York all now using the system.
TfL said it has carried out market testing and has completed several trial projects. The consulting business will specifically focus on transport planning services, the establishment and management of integrated control centres, and fares and ticketing systems.
Earlier this year, local media in Argentina reported that TfL Consulting was part of an international consortium planning to bid for a 12-year concession to operate the Buenos Aires urban rail network.
Helen Murphy said: “It’s hugely exciting to be joining TfL and leading such an important business. TfL is such a highly trusted and world-renowned brand and this is a fantastic opportunity for me to transfer my experience and knowledge to help make a significant contribution to TfL’s commercial revenues.”
TfL has sought to reassure passengers that its international business won’t affect its operations in the UK and that revenue generated will be invested back into its London services.
Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, said: “Our role in delivering for London means that we have developed deep knowledge and experience of integrated transport, complex capital investment programmes and modern digital technologies in signalling, ticketing and data.
“It’s great to have Helen on board to help us leverage this expertise to generate new revenue which we can reinvest in further improvements to our services for the millions who rely on them each day.”