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London's top transport job for Indian expert

world Updated: May 14, 2008 16:11 IST
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An Indian-origin management consultant who previously worked on London's transport system, has been appointed the director of Transport Policy by the new mayor, Boris Johnson.

A prominent figure among young members of the Conservative party, Kulveer Ranger, 33, contested the Makerfield, Wigan, election in 2005, but lost.

Ranger, son of Indian parents, was born and brought up in Middlesex. He says his parents worked hard and struggled throughout his formative years.

Explaining why he joined the Conservative Party he says, "I haven't always been Conservative but I always felt I didn't believe in a socialist ideology. I feel that the Conservatives believe in freedom of speech, advancing opportunity and maximising people's potential."

Ranger was the lead delivery manager of the Oystercard for London in 2003 that enables people to travel across London's various transport systems.

He also led commercial negotiations on behalf of the Secretary of State supporting the redevelopment at the King's Cross railway station.

Kulveer will lead on policy direction for Transport, on behalf of the Mayor. He will also oversee the relationship between the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to ensure the delivery of the Mayor's priorities, a release from the mayor's office said