Former head of the Thameslink Programme honoured by the Queen

The former head of the Thameslink Programme has been honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Simon Blanchflower receives a CBE for his work on the Thameslink project and his voluntary work in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Simon Blanchflower CBE

Simon was recognised for his work on the Thameslink programme and his voluntary work in the wake of the Grenfell fire. Simon immediately took volunteer leave after the fire to coordinate his church’s response to the tragedy, providing community support and raising money.

Commenting on the award, Andrew Haines, chief executive said:

“I am delighted that Simon has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours.

“Simon’s work on the Thameslink Programme and his commitment to passengers has been transformational, as he led a team of thousands to deliver our largest ever programme of investment. In addition, his extensive voluntary work has been recognised, particularly in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

“He coordinated his church’s response to the tragedy and continues to provide community support and raise money. Simon is an inspirational role model and a reminder of the real difference we can make to our communities. I congratulate him on his honour.”