Crossrail today announced that Terry Morgan, CBE will take up appointment as Non-Executive Chairman on 1 June ahead of the previously announced date of November 2009.
Current Non-Executive Chairman Douglas Oakervee, OBE will leave Crossrail when Terry Morgan joins the organisation.
Crossrail will be Europe's largest construction project and when completed in 2017 will be the biggest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years.
Douglas Oakervee said:
"It has been a great privilege to lead the Crossrail project over the past few years and the company is now quickly moving from a planning organisation to one focused on delivery of this vital railway.
"Following approval of the Crossrail Act last summer, the project has made significant progress with funding and governance agreements finalised, the appointment of Rob Holden as Chief Executive and the selection of the contractors for the key Programme Partner and Project Delivery Partner contracts.
"Given that construction will shortly get underway at Isle of Dogs followed by Tottenham Court Road and other key sites in 2010, it seems a good point to hand over to Terry Morgan so that he can be involved in overseeing the next crucial phase in Crossrail's construction from the beginning."
Terry Morgan said:
"Douglas Oakervee deserves huge credit for the leadership and skill he has shown in steering Crossrail to the start of construction. Under his leadership Crossrail obtained its £15.9 billion funding package, gained parliamentary approval and key contract awards made. Crossrail is now moving ahead at speed and over the coming year we will see construction underway on the major stations in central London and Docklands and the opening of the Crossrail Tunnelling Academy to provide up to 1,000 people with the necessary skills to work on Europe's largest construction project."
Crossrail has also announced the immediate appointment of Robert Jennings CBE as a Non-Executive Director. Mr Jennings joins Crossrail as the Department for Transport's nominee to the CRL Board. The TfL nominee to the CRL Board is Sir Mike Hodgkinson.
Alick Whitfield, Crossrail Press Office, Tel. 020 3229 9552
Notes to Editors
The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway. On 24 July 2008, Crossrail Ltd (CRL) was appointed the lead Nominated Undertaker for the delivery of the railway.
Since then, Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and progress includes:
* New Crossrail Board appointed with five Non-Executive Directors
* Terry Morgan appointed Chairman, effective 1 June 2009
* Rob Holden became Chief Executive from 1 April 2009
* Tony Gregory appointed Crossrail Complaints Commissioner
* Compulsory Purchase Notices issued and property acquired at Tottenham Court Road.
* Tender issued for £500m London Underground works at Tottenham Court Road. The contract for the Crossrail works at Tottenham Court Road will be advertised at a later date.
* Signing of £230m funding agreement with BAA.
* Signing of £350m funding agreement with the City of London.
* Signing of main agreements underpinning governance.
* Signing of £150m funding agreement with the Canary Wharf Group, with CWG taking responsibility for design and construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station.
* Crossrail appointed DHL to recommend logistical strategy to minimise impact of construction on central London.
* Appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner
* Appointment of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner.
Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.
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 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will increase London's public transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.
Preparatory works will continue throughout 2009. Main Crossrail construction starts in 2010. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.
The Crossrail Board with effect from 1 June 2009
Terry Morgan, CBE - Chairman, Crossrail Limited
Rob Holden, CBE - Chief Executive
David Allen - Finance Director
Michael Cassidy, CBE
Sir Joe Dwyer
Sir Mike Hodgkinson
Robert Jennings, CBE
Dr Graham Plant - Programme Director
Heather Rabbatts, CBE
Mr Holden, Mr Allen and Dr Plant are executive members of the Board.
Terry Morgan, CBE
Terry Morgan, CBE is currently Chief Executive of Tube Lines Limited which has a 30-year Public Private Partnership contract with London Underground to upgrade the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Terry Morgan was previously Group Managing Director - Operations with BAE Systems.
Robert Jennings, CBE
Robert Jennings, CBE was a managing director of UBS Investment Bank and was joint head of the Bank's Infrastructure Group until 2007. In that role he particularly focussed on the railway sector advising companies and governments across a very broad geographic range.
Mr Jennings has twice acted as a special senior adviser to HM Treasury in 2001/02 during Railtrack's Administration and again in 2007/08 in relation to Crossrail. Since 2007 he has also been advising London & Continental Railways in relation to its restructuring.
Sir Mike Hodgkinson
Sir Mike has more than 30 years' experience in the transport industry and has been a member of the TfL Board since 2000. He has served as Managing Director at Land Rover and Chief Executive at Grand Metropolitan Foods and BAA. He was Chairman of Post Office Ltd between 2003 and 2007 and a Member of the Commission for Integrated Transport between 2001 and 2007. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Tui Travel plc and a Board Director of Dublin Airport. He has been Chairman of the Essex Business Consortium since 2001.