Former London cycling ‘czar’ appointed Transport Adviser to Number 10

Andrew Gilligan has been appointed Transport Adviser to 10 Downing Street, following a number of transport appointments made as Boris Johnson takes the reins as Prime Minister.

Gilligan, now a journalist for The Times, was among the central figures heavily involved in cycling infrastructure under then London Mayor PM Boris Johnson, as cycling commissioner for London.

Since the days of his tenure, Gilligan has been heavily critical of his successor’s record on cycling in London and pointedly at incumbent London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s cycling commitment.

The announcement of Gilligan’s new Transport Adviser role has been seen positively by cycle pundits, particularly after the appointment of Chris Heaton-Harris as Minister of State for Transport, who wants to see cycling as a normal activity for all.