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1996-05-21 DoT-001
Department of Transport


Sir George Young appoints new chairman of London Regional Passengers Committee

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Department of Transport

Sir George Young appoints new chairman of London Regional Passengers Committee

21 May 1996
source Department of Transport
type Press release

note 161

Transport Secretary Sir George Young today announced the appointment
of Sir Alan Greengross as Chairman of the London Regional Passengers

The four year appointment takes effect on 1 July on the retirement of
the present Chairman, Professor Eric Midwinter, OBE.

Sir Alan has been a member of the London Regional Passengers
Committee since 1988. He lives in London and is a regular user of
public transport.

Commenting, Sir George said:

I am delighted to be able to appoint Sir Alan Greengross to
fill this important post. His ability and experience will make him
an excellent champion of the interests of Londons public transport
users, and an able successor to Eric Midwinter, who has led the
Committee so effectively for the past decade and more .

Biographical Details

Sir Alan Greengross is currently Chairman of the Institute for the
Metropolitan Studies at University College London where he also
Chairs the Policy Committee of the Faculty of the Built Environment
and he is a Director of The London First Centre.

He was a Deputy Traffic Commissioner from 1968 - 71 and a Director of
the Port of London Authority from 1979 - 83. He served on on the
Greater London Council from 1977 - 86 and on the London Borough of
Camden Council from 1964 - 90. Sir Alan who is 67 is married to
Sally Greengross, Director General of Age Concern for England.

Sir Alan has been appointed following an open competition, and after
consultation with the Rail Regulator, John Swift, QC.

The London Regional Passengers Committee was established under the
London Regional Transport Act, 1984, to represent the interests of
users of all LT services (Underground and buses); BR services in and
around London and Docklands Light Railway services.


1. The Committee consists of a Chairman, who is paid a salary, based
on a current time commitment of an average two days per week, and up
to 30 unpaid lay-members, at present 24. The Chairman and members
are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport after
consulting the Rail Regulator.

2. The Committee are funded by grant-in-aid by the Department of

3. The Committee have a staff, at present 11, who are not civil

4. Professor Eric Midwinter, the outgoing chairman, has led the
Committee since its establishment in its present form in 1984. He is
also Visiting Professor of Education at Exeter University. He has
held a series of posts connected with community education,
educational disadvantage and in-service teacher training. He is the
author of a number of publications in these fields and in Modern
History: examples include Caring for Cash: the issue of private
domicilary care; and Victorian Social Reform (Longmans 1986).

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