Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Sir Peter Hendy on City Devolution

Opportunities and challenges for effective transport policy

Sir Peter Hendy received an honorary degree from the University of Leeds, and as part of the celebrations he gave a talk on ‘City Devolution - opportunities and challenges for effective transport policy’.

As MPs, policy makers and academics debate the devolution of powers from Whitehall and the creation of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’, Sir Peter shared his experiences of 15 years of devolution and transport progress in London, and what other UK cities might do to make the most of devolved powers. Sir Peter's recent appointment as Chair of Network Rail made his reflections on integrated transport even more relevant to the audience drawn from across the UK.

Knighted in the New Year’s Honours List 2013, the citation for Sir Peter Hendy CBE highlights his inspiring leadership as Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL). He made London a world leader in integrated and innovative transport delivery, and oversaw record breaking operational performance, passenger numbers and the largest ever investment programme. He led, and played a key role in preparing for, the successful operation of London’s transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Read more about Sir Peter Hendy's honorary degree