Simon Reed

Transport for London (TfL)

Head of Technology & Data, Surface Transport

Transport for London (TfL)

Simon is the Head of Technology & Data for Surface Transport within Transport for London (TfL) and is accountable for the delivery of technology solutions to address the transport needs ‘above ground’ of one of the largest city’s in Europe.

Simon joined TfL as iBus Project Director in 2006 and was responsible for the rollout of the world’s largest (£112m capex) Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and provided RTPI for 19,000 bus stops across London on roadside signs, the internet, SMS and via an Open Data interface to over 300 independent smartphone apps.

Simon is a regular speaker at Bus, ITS and technology events including IT Trans (2018) ITS Word Congress (Bordeaux 2015), European Bus Forum (2016), and has presented to several Chartered institutes and professional bodies.

He is currently responsible for the catalogue of some 600 applications used by service transport and for delivering three major technology programmes for Surface Transport covering the management of the road network, public and private transport and general operations with a combined capital spend for over £75m per year. In 2019 he was responsible for delivering a new DMR digital radio fitted to 9300 vehicles and providing a back-bone for all wireless communications in surface transport. He is currently working on the replacement of London buses back office systems, the scheduled and on-demand bus service systems (iBus2 and dial-a-ride), together with new systems for the Taxi/Private Hire licencing operation, the network control centre, the Victoria Coach Station and London trams.

Between 2001 and 2006, Simon worked for Anite PLC; a UK based FTSE-250 PLC starting as Services Director before running the Company’s Document Management software and managed services business. Prior to this Simon had a fifteen-year career with leading UK Software & Services company Fujitsu/ICL culminating as the General manager for their Local Government Software business.

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