OBE for Woman Behind Strengthening of Hammersmith Flyover

Dana Skelley hopes honour will encourage more women to take up careers in transport

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The woman in charge of last year's major project strengthening Hammersmith Flyover has been included in this year's New Year Honours list.

Dana Skelley, who is director of asset management for surface transport at Transport for London, has been recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to transport in the capital.

Ms Skelley leads a team of around 500 engineers and asset managers who are responsible for more than £15bn of infrastructure including maintaining London’s arterial roads, all 6,200 traffic lights, around 1,800 bridges, 12 tunnels and more than 1,000 miles of footway.

In recent years, she has overseen a range of major engineering schemes as part of TfL’s continuing £4bn Road Modernisation Plan. These include strengthening the Hammersmith flyover and the successful implementation of the Olympic Route Network for the London 2012 Games.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, says: " Dana has an outstanding track record and this recognition for her sterling work to improve transport in London is well deserved. Her integrity, dedication and professionalism are well known in the industry and our city has benefited hugely from this during her time at TfL.

" It is people like Dana who will be essential in helping London respond to the challenge of growth as the city develops."

Dana Skelley says: " It’s an immense privilege to receive this honour, which I hope will encourage more women to consider a career in transport, including engineering.

" Women are increasingly playing an important role in major projects across London, and with more companies now offering young people apprentice and graduate opportunities, together we can help ensure the capital continues to grow and prosper."

January 8, 2016