One of the key figures behind the development of Manchester's tram network and the improvement of bus services in the North-west has been appointed to the West Midlands' top transport job.
Geoff Inskip, currently Deputy Director General of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, has been appointed to the new post of chief executive at Centro-PTA.
As boss of the regional body he will head up a £200 million per year programme to improve public transport and tackle congestion - including expansion of the Midland Metro and the development of Network West Midlands to provide better coordinated bus, rail and tram information.
"I am taking on one of the biggest jobs in public transport and I am relishing the challenge," said Mr Inskip.
The appointment comes on the eve of the announcement of a major backer of a new Midland Metro line.
A major private sector name is expected to add its financial support to CentroPTA plans to extend the route through Birmingham and the Black Country.