Crossrail 2 Managing Director Dr Michele Dix awarded honorary doctorate
Dr Dix has made significant contributions to public transportation in London
Dr Michèle Dix, Transport for London’s Managing Director of Crossrail 2, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London (UEL) on 31 October.
Dr Dix was honoured with a Doctorate of Engineering by UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering in recognition of her outstanding contributions to transportation planning and provision in London. She received the doctorate at the School's graduation ceremony at indigo at The O2.
Dr Dix said, “I’m extremely honoured. It was also wonderful to see other people graduating. The best thing was not my own celebration but being part of others' celebrations.”
Dr Dix has been described as the best transportation planner in the UK and has been instrumental in transforming London’s transportation infrastructure.
She attended Leeds University, graduating in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In 1982, she received a PhD in the same subject.
Dr Dix became co-Director of Congestion Charging with Transport for London (TfL) in 2000, eventually becoming Managing Director of Planning in June 2007.
Many recent east London transport developments have been proposed or led by Dr Dix, such as the Emirates Air Line cable car, the Gospel Oak-to-Barking extension of London Overground, the Thames Gateway transport improvements, and a series of new Thames river crossings including a link between Newham and Barking to Greenwich.
Dr Dix has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, receiving a CBE for services to transport in 2015. Two months later she became TfL’s Managing Director of Crossrail 2.
Dr Dix said, “There is such a wide range of roles in transport from the vital operational jobs of driving or staffing stations to building and maintaining it or planning for the future, like I do. Across the country, and beyond, we will always need transport and it is a great future career for students to consider.”