A transport leader who previously managed the strategy for the £2 billion East Coast main line upgrade is set to join Transport for the North (TfN).
Jeremy Bloom, previously of Highways England, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Network Rail and London Underground, has been appointed as the strategy and programme director and will take up his post in April.
The position is a new one at TfN, and will see Jeremy lead on the delivery of the statutory body’s strategic transport plan, which is set to be submitted this spring.
Jeremy, who described his new role as a “career-defining opportunity to help shape the fabric of the North for decades to come”, led network strategies, programme delivery and investment planning over the last 13 years working for Highways England.
TfN chief executive Barry White said: “This role is symbolic of where we are as an organisation. We’re on the cusp of having an agreed strategic transport plan to increase connectivity across the whole of the North. A true first.
“In Jeremy, we’ve found a senior leader who will marry an encyclopaedic knowledge of the transport landscape, with the command to spearhead major investment opportunities. He brings a wealth of experience of making credible cases for investment, something that will be essential in delivering on the priorities the North has identified together.”
Jeremy added: “With the strategic transport plan in place, we’ll have an unprecedented platform to make well-researched and strong cases for investment across the North. It’s rare that you get an opportunity to make a lasting difference to the economy – and in turn the lives of millions. I can’t wait to get started.”
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