Departure of TfL HSE Director

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

On 11 September 2019, Deputy Mayor Heidi Alexander announced that TfL’s HSE Director since 2013 was no longer in the post. Given the HSE Director played a critical role before, during and after the Croydon Tram Crash and that ORR and the Coroner’s inquests associated with that incident are still under way, what reason can you provide for the departure of TfL’s long-serving HSE Director at this critical time?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As part of Transport for London’s (TfL) continued focus on safety, it decided to create a new Safety, Health and Environment directorate (SHE), expanding the existing portfolio of the HSE team. This organisational change is designed to enable TfL to improve the speed with which it meets its Vision Zero objectives across the different transport modes, while continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of its employees and its environmental performance. With the expanded remit of the new directorate, a new Chief Safety Officer – who now sits on TfL’s Executive Committee – needed to have the required skills, knowledge and leadership to lead the new portfolio.