With the Second City Crossing now operational, Peter Cushing has formally handed over the leadership of Manchester’s Metrolink to Danny Vaughan.
Vaughan has been Cushing’s deputy since joining Transport for Greater Manchester from Luas, Dublin’s light rail network in 2013, and takes a new title, head of Metrolink.
Cushing, who took the reins at the start of that year from Philip Purdy, will continue in a part-time capacity to oversee the change in operator from RATP Dev UK to KeolisAmey this summer.
Cllr Andrew Fender, chairman of the TfGM Committee, said: “Peter has been outstanding. He has played a vital role in successfully delivering one of the country’s largest transport projects in the Metrolink expansion.
“During his tenure – which, with the short-term impacts of the expansion felt most keenly, has been one of the most challenging periods in the network’s history – we have seen record-breaking patronage and year-on-year increases in passenger satisfaction.”
Cushing said: “It feels like a fitting point in time to end my tenure and I can think of no better person to pass the mantle to than Danny, given his vast experience in the light rail industry and his fantastic approach to working with all the partners involved.”