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Centro Chief Executive to stand down

Centro Chief Executive Geoff Inksip has masterminded the expansion of the UK’s Midland Metro light rail system. (Image: Centro)

Centro Chief Executive Geoff Inskip has announced that he is to step down at the end of the year after nine years in charge of the UK’s West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive.

Inskip was appointed in 2006 from Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE, now Transport for Greater Manchester) where he oversaw development of the first two phases of the Manchester Metrolink network, before being appointed Deputy Director General in 1999 with special responsibility for Phase 3 of Metrolink.

Inskip said: “It has been a great privilege to have led Centro for the last nine years.

Not only has Centro delivered improved public transport services for passengers but more recently, with the onset of HS2, we are already on course to deliver major extensions to the Midland Metro tram system and the Sprint rapid transit programme, to ensure we have the necessary local connections into HS2.

“With the transition of Centro into the new Combined Authority structure the region is in a strong position to take forward its Strategic Transport Plans to deliver even more for passengers with better bus services through the new Alliance with operators, extensions to the Metro, the delivery of a Sprint network and the continued roll-out of the Swift card and smart travel information.”
Cllr Roger Lawrence, Chair of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (WMITA), said: “On behalf of the WMITA committee, I would like to put on record my thanks to Geoff for his tremendous service and to wish him all the best for the future.
“He has demonstrated an impressive track record of delivering major transport regeneration and passenger service improvements across the West Midlands.

In particular, he’s helped us to secure a number of high profile and much-needed schemes from central Government which have helped transform the public transport infrastructure across our area. “These have included New Street Station, the Wolverhampton and Stourbridge interchanges, a new fleet of class 172 trains, the Swift smartcard and the Metro extensions programme.”