Last week saw the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, along with a group from the Department for Transport (Dft) taken on a whistle-stop tour of Transport for London's investment programme.
The day started on a new electric bus – part of a growing fleet of greener buses cutting emissions across the Capital. The bus departed from the DfT on Horseferry Road to Gloucester Road station. Leon Daniels, Managing Director for Surface Transport, and Mike Weston, Director of Buses, joined Patrick on the bus, driven by Diana Smolarek, where discussions focused on our investment plans for buses as well as the Road Modernisation Plan.
Later in the day the Minister headed to the Victoria Station Upgrade (VSU) and was met by Mike Brown, Commissioner, Steve Lousley, VSU Project Manager and Craig Prangley, Programme Director for Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall.
Whilst touring the tunnels, Patrick took the opportunity to meet apprentices and former apprentices about their experiences on the upgrade and their plans for the future, whilst exploring ideas of how we can encourage more young men and women into engineering.
Thanking everyone involved in the trip, Patrick McLoughlin, commented specifically on the achievements at VSU: "Carrying out this immense project while millions of people a week pass through this station is an impressive feat of engineering and showcases exactly the sort of high-level skills helping transform our transport network across the country."