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Heathrow boss will be new Tube managing director

Transport for London has unveiled Heathrow boss Mike Brown as the new managing director of London Underground.

Mr. Brown will be giving up his current post at BAA to make a return to LU in early 2010, having previously been its chief operating officer between 2003 and 2008. 

Transport commissioner Peter Hendy said: “Mike has an impressive track record of leadership and delivery and takes the reins at one of the most important times in the Tube’s 146-year history.”

“After decades of neglect, the system is literally being rebuilt. We now stand on the cusp of delivering huge improvements for passengers which will enable London’s long-term growth and prosperity. Mike will bring all of this to fruition while demonstrating clear value for every pound spent.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Mike is an experienced leader, and will make a superb boss of the Tube. 

“These are tough times, but we’re investing billions in transforming our network - reducing overcrowding, running more frequent and reliable services and making journeys more agreeable through modern, air-conditioned trains.”