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Richard Harrington

Go Ahead London
Engineering Director

Buses are in Richard Harrington’s blood as his Father was a Fitter and his Nan a Clippie. Three generations from the same family can claim over 100-years’ public transport service as Richard joined London Transport in 1984, initially as a teenage apprentice.

After 15-years ‘on the tools’, he secured a number of supervisory and management positions, including, in 2007, his appointment to Chief Engineer, when the company fleet stood at 1,300 vehicles.

Richard’s 30-year plus career means he is a well-known and respected figure to many. Appointed Engineering Director in 2011, he is responsible for 17 garages, around 2,450 buses and an engineering team of approximately 400 colleagues.

Richard was instrumental in delivering London’s first pure electric bus garage at the award-winning Waterloo between 2013 and 2017. His directorate currently commissions about 250 new and environmentally friendly vehicles every year from a range of manufacturers, using a breadth of technologies.

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