MR Andy Lord has been confirmed as London’s permanent transport commissioner by mayor, Mr Sadiq Khan, and the board of Transport for London (TfL).

Lord has served as interim commissioner since October 25 2022 following the departure of Mr Andy Byford. His permanent appointment was confirmed following what was described as “a rigorous international search and selection process.”

Lord joined TfL in November 2019 as managing director of London Underground and became chief operating officer for all of TfL in 2022. As interim commissioner, Lord has focused on attracting passengers back to public transport, rebuilding TfL’s finances, advancing TfL’s work to decarbonise and improve London’s environment, as well as developing plans to further support TfL’s diverse staff and customers.

Lord joined TfL following a near 30-year career in the commercial aviation sector.

“In the months ahead, one of my key focuses will be on securing the long-term government funding that we need to continue our vital work,” Lord says.

“With transport authorities across the UK now having long-term ‘London-style’ funding agreements in place, London is now ironically the outlier. With the amazing economic driver that is the Elizabeth Line, and with our partners and supply chain across the country, we have proven that investment in transport in London can benefit the entire UK. We must now move forward and work together to provide the services and infrastructure that will benefit everyone.”

“Andy brings with him a wealth of experience to lead TfL as we work to deliver the most affordable, accessible and sustainable transport network possible,” Khan says.