Transport North East
Tobyn Hughes is the Managing Director of Transport North East, ensuring the development and delivery of an excellent transport system for the North East.
In this role he leads Nexus, the body responsible for providing high quality integrated public transport services through the Tyne and Wear Metro system, Shields Ferry, bus, ticketing and information services. Tobyn is also principal transport adviser to the North East Joint Transport Committee, which brings together the leaders of the seven councils in North East England around a shared transport agenda.
Tobyn is passionate about improving travel for people who live and work in North East England and has extensive knowledge of the commercial, operational and regulatory environments involved in rail, Metro and local bus services.
Under Tobyn's leadership Nexus has secured funding of over £350m to renew the Metro's rolling stock; is renewing the system's infrastructure in a £300m programme; and is looking at ways to expanding the system and to improve the entire local transport network. Tobyn also plays a leading role in Transport for the North and the Urban Transport Group.
A Newcastle University graduate, he has over 23 years' experience working in aviation, bus and rail transport.