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Urban Transport Group names Warrener as new chair 

Written by: Prithvi Pandya
Published on: 6 Feb 2023

Tram – Manchester [square]Steve Warrener has been named as the new chair of Urban Transport Group, the UK's network of city region transport authorities.

Warrener is the managing director of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and finance and corporate services director at TfGM, having worked at the organisation for 15 years.

He will replace outgoing chair Laura Shoaf who has been in the role for two years. She is chief executive of West Midlands Combined Authority.

The Urban Transport Group’s board is made up of seven directors – one from each of its full members.

Warrener said: “The cost of living crisis, climate emergency and the aftermath of the COVID pandemic make for a difficult operating environment for our member transport authorities - but they are fully committed to ensuring that transport plays its part in creating the greener, healthier and more prosperous city regions we aspire to. Their work in delivering better bus, light rail and heavy rail services, and in making active travel easier, safer and more attractive, contributes to this goal. I am also keen to continue the important work of the Urban Transport Group in making the case for the funding which enables this to happen.”

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