Peter hendy

London transport commissioner Sir Peter Hendy has stepped down to take the role of chairman at Network Rail.

Hendy was at the helm of the transport organisation at TfL for nine years, having first joined the then London Transport 40 years ago as a graduate trainee.

He was instrumental in the development of TfL’s current £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, which will see the city’s road infrastructure upgraded over the coming years, and led London's transport plans during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Most recently he told the FTA's Managing Freight in London conference that he would like to change the way the media treats HGV and cyclist collisions. “They write it in a way that presumes fault by one party,” he said, adding that a lot of what is reported in the press is “at odds” with the evidence that subsequently emerges.

His replacement is yet to be announced.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said: "The current Transport Commissioner in London Sir Peter Hendy is someone of huge experience, who helped keep London moving during the Olympics, he will be a huge asset to Network Rail in overseeing their delivery in coming years."

Hendy replaces Richard Parry-Jones, who announced his departure from Network Rail this morning after almost three years in the role.