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Senior appointments for tram and buses

Transport shake-up heralds end of internal row

Edinburgh TramsA management shake-up is expected to resolve internal wrangling over Edinburgh’s transport operations.

Charles Monheim, who has global experience of transport systems, is appointed chairman of the city’s trams.

A US citizen, he was a policy analyst in the New York City mayor’s office. In 2001 moved to London where he was responsible for the implementation of the Oyster Card, a project that has some admirers in Scotland.

He will also sit on the Transport for Edinburgh Board and is expected to be formally appointed at a meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council next week.

He will be joined by Charlene Wallace and Andy Neal who will become the first non-executive directors the board of Edinburgh Trams.

Jim McFarlane becomes chairman of Lothian Buses. Mr McFarlane, who will also join the Transport for Edinburgh Board, joined the company in April on an interim basis as General Manager.

Mr McFarlane will be joined by Susan Deacon, Tony Rose, Mark Yexley and Charlene Wallace as non-executive directors on the board of Lothian Buses.  It is also proposed to extend the appointment Donald MacLeod, one of the existing non-executive directors of Lothian Buses, for a further two years.

The moves will be seen as an indication that as it nears the first anniversary of the launch of the tram system the council wants to put a damaging boardroom row between former bus company chief executive Ian Craig and his deputies behind it.

Council Leader Andrew Burns, said:  “These appointments will really help us to look to the future of public transport in Edinburgh and to achieve our vision of a first-class, fully integrated service, combining Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams.

“I believe our new members will bring the perfect mix of transport, business and management expertise to the companies, along with a wealth experience, which will be pivotal as we continue to improve the city for public transport-users, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.

“That said, we have already achieved so much in Transport for Edinburgh’s first year, with excellent customer satisfaction, increasing patronage and a host of new developments on their way.

“Therefore I would also like to thank outgoing members for their contributions during this time, particularly Tony Depledge, who stepped in as interim chair to guide the company during a very challenging time.”

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