Trains, planes and big red buses

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Trains, planes and big red buses

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Most people reading this will have experienced London Transport at one point or another. It’s a massive operation.

The network of over land and underground trains, big red buses and black cabs is London’s beating heart. Without it, London simply couldn’t function.

The man responsible for looking after the health of that beating heart is Belfast–man, Mike Brown.

Despite overseeing a transport network that carries over one billion people each year on the Tube alone, Mike still finds time to get back to Northern Ireland.

Like most people he spends time at home visiting family and friends but also supporting Queens’ University where he studied – often speaking at events on their behalf.  

“Queens’ is not just an academic institution. It’s a research institution, it’s an institution that develops business ideas. It develops leaders of the future. 


“I think its launched me on my career really successfully,” said Mike. 

Having now spent over a quarter of a century with London Underground, split by a 2–year stint in charge of Heathrow Airport, Mike was named as London’s transport Commissioner in 2015.

His boss, London mayor, Boris Johnson is impressed with the job he’s doing.

“Under Mike’s leadership, we’ve seen record numbers of customers carried on our Tube, DLR and London Overground networks.  Tube delays have fallen by well over 40 per cent since 2010.”

“He brings decades of service, experience and leadership to the role and is the right person to lead the next wave of modernisation and improvement,” said Boris Johnson.  

Part of this ‘next phase’ is the introduction of a 24–hour Tube service – a move that has seen some resistance from Unions representing the Tube drivers.

With these issues mostly resolved, the London Underground looks set to begin a permanent night service this summer for the first time since it opened over 153–years ago. 

It’s great that a man from Northern Ireland has been a major part of what is a historic moment.

Well done Mike. Keep up the good work!

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