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Purpose, excitement and brilliant people: Why I’m joining FiveAI

I spent the last seven years as Managing Director of Surface Transport for London — a £3.5bn business that takes care of all passenger transport in the capital, apart from the Underground. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, I was responsible for ensuring everyone — Londoners, visitors, volunteers, athletes and more — got to the right place, at the right time. My career has been a long and rewarding one. Here’s something I’ve learned along the way: whilst London’s double-deckers and tube trains are iconic and beloved, transport must move with the times. FiveAI has big, bold plans At TfL I championed innovation. No easy task amidst a bureaucratic organisation staffed by 30,000. Shaking thin

So what’s this franchising for?

Franchising is a ‘half-way house’ model that combines the public and private sector. But roles and risks must be carefully considered The East Coast franchise tells us that the infinite suppressed demand actually isn’t there It was the high-watermark of the Thatcher government that brought deregulation and privatisation into common usage – terms which today have far less positive connotations than they did then. But that government really did touch the nation when the prime minister stated that in giving the ordinary public the chance to own shares in the main utilities – starting with British Telecom in 1984. It was they who were giving widespread public ownership to ‘the people’ catching

Independent Worker's Union says 'Sadiq Khan should take advantage of Uber’s desperation&#39

Sadiq Khan should take advantage of Uber’s desperation Uber is now begging London’s mayor for an 18-month licence. The drama surrounding Uber’s legal and public relations battle to be relicensed in London descended further into farce last week, with the news that the firm is now begging the mayor to grant them an interim 18-month license. This parole period would allow Uber to avoid having to plead for its licence in Westminster Magistrates Court on 25 June 2018 and offer them another chance to prove themselves to Transport for London. It’s a strategy that reeks of desperation and comes on top of an intense, money-no-object PR campaign. This week, we learned Uber paid Channel 4 to air a seri

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