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Andrew Wolstenholme appointed new Crossrail Chief Executive

By Peter MacLennan

Andrew Wolstenholme appointed new Crossrail Chief Executive
  • New Chief Executive to join Crossrail in September 2011 to lead delivery of Europe’s largest infrastructure project

Crossrail today announced that Andrew Wolstenholme has been appointed as Crossrail’s new Chief Executive, succeeding Rob Holden, who is stepping down in mid-July.

Andrew Wolstenholme, currently Director of Innovation and Strategic Capability with Balfour Beatty, will take up his new role in September 2011.

Andrew was Project Director for the construction of Heathrow Terminal 5 and oversaw construction of the £4bn terminal on time, and on budget. Andrew also acted as Construction Director on the Heathrow Express Rail Link and as BAA’s Director of Capital Projects.

Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan said: “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Wolstenholme as Crossrail’s new Chief Executive. Andrew is an outstanding candidate to oversee the delivery of this critically important project for London and the UK.

“Construction of Crossrail is accelerating and we are now less than one year away from the start of tunnelling to build the major new rail tunnels under London. Andrew will be joining Crossrail at a strategically important time, just ahead of intensive construction getting underway, and will lead the project into its next phase of delivery. Andrew will also be responsible for mobilising up to 14,000 people to work on the project and the delivery of our commitment to leave a major skills legacy through the training of at least 3,500 people to work underground via the UK Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in east London.”

Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail is a construction project of epic proportions and one of huge importance to Londoners. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to lead one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. Crossrail will transform rail travel in London and the south east, delivering much needed additional transport capacity, reduced journey times and new train services. With the first tunnel boring machines due to arrive in less than nine months from now, Crossrail is moving ahead at significant speed and I’m immensely looking forward to getting down to work. My overarching priority is to deliver this project for London, on time and on budget.”

 Terry Morgan continued: “I would like to thank Rob Holden for the major contribution he has made to the Crossrail project which he leaves in great shape. Under Rob’s leadership Crossrail was given a green light in the Comprehensive Spending Review, all the tunnelling contracts have been let, work on the major new central London stations is underway, contracts for the manufacture of the tunnel boring machines have been signed and savings of over £1bn were achieved which secured the project’s future. We wish him well for the future roles he will undertake.”


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Notes to Editors:

Andrew Wolstenholme graduated from Southampton University in 1981 with a 1st class honours degree in Civil Engineering. He served in the British Army for 5 years, first in the Royal Engineers and later as an Irish Hussar.

He resigned his commission in 1985 to pursue a career in engineering and joined Arup, the international engineering consultants, as a bridge designer. He was later seconded to Schal Associates in Chicago where he worked on tall buildings along side some of the great American architects. He moved to Hong Kong in 1992 and worked on some of the major infrastructure projects in South East Asia at that time, including Hong Kong Airport and the Western Harbour Tunnel Crossing.

Andrew joined BAA plc in 1997 as Construction Director on the Heathrow Express Rail Link. He went on to lead, as Programme Director, the delivery of Heathrow’s £4.3bn Terminal 5 and later became BAA’s Director of Capital Projects.

Andrew joined Balfour Beatty in 2009. He was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in June 2009.

About Crossrail: 

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. 

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city. 

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. 

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.