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Crossrail appoints Commercial Director

Crossrail Ltd has appointed Martin Buck as Crossrail's Commercial Director. Working directly with Chief Executive Rob Holden, Martin Buck will lead Crossrail's commercial function to ensure that Crossrail establishes and fulfils all the necessary commercial agreements required to deliver the Crossrail project. Mr Buck who was previously on secondment to Crossrail as Commercial Director from 2005 to 2008 will start his new role on 6 July 2009.

Martin Buck will be responsible for developing and implementing Crossrail's commercial and procurement strategies and processes and will lead negotiations of all future major Crossrail commercial contracts.

Rob Holden, Chief Executive of Crossrail Ltd, said:

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Buck as Crossrail's Commercial Director. He brings a wealth of experience to the project. Martin will play a crucial role in helping deliver Europe's largest construction project to time and to budget."

Martin Buck said: "Having been so closely involved in the development of Crossrail, I am very pleased to be re-joining the team to take Europe's largest construction project further forward into its construction programme. I look forward to continuing the excellent working relationships with all the parties in order that we realise the project."

Crossrail also confirmed that Dr Graham Plant, Programme Director, and Dr Phil Bennett, Technology Director, would be leaving the project in the summer.

Graham Plant has played a key role in moving the Crossrail project forward and successfully secured the appointment of Crossrail's Programme Partner and Project Delivery Partner as well as the Design Framework Agreements. Dr Plant will leave the project in August when Andrew Mitchell, the current Major Programme Director with Network Rail's Thameslink Programme joins Crossrail as Programme Director. Dr Plant will continue to contribute to the project through his support of the work of several of programme's expert panels.

Dr Bennett joined Crossrail in 2007 and set up Crossrail's security systems, systems assurance and integration and IT department. With this work now successfully completed Dr Bennett is leaving the project on 31 July.


Further information:

Jonathan Baggs
Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552, [email protected]

Notes to Editors

Martin Buck

Martin Buck was previously a project director with Partnerships UK where he managed activities in the transport sector. As a founder member of the Treasury Taskforce (predecessor of Partnerships UK) Martin participated in many of the largest and most complex projects in the transport sector. From 2005 to 2008 Martin was seconded from Partnerships UK to Crossrail as Commercial Director.

For a photo of Martin Buck please visit the People section of the Crossrail library

Crossrail Progress

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway, and Crossrail construction began on 15 May 2009 with work commencing at the new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The main construction programme begins along the route in 2010.

Since Royal Assent there has been progress across a number of areas:

  • Appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner
  • Appointment of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner and Network Rail's delivery partner for their work on the existing rail network
  • Expansion of Crossrail's senior management with Terry Morgan becoming Chairman, 1 June 2009 and Rob Holden the Chief Executive on 1 April 2009
  • Signing of the main funding and governance agreements between DfT, TfL and Crossrail Ltd in December 2008
  • Funding agreement signed with BAA for £230m, City of London for £350m and Canary Wharf Group for £150m, with CWG taking responsibility for design and construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station
  • Property acquisition underway with property acquired at Tottenham Court Road, Canary Wharf and Farringdon
  • Preliminary work programme commenced at Tottenham Court Road with construction starting early 2010
  • Crossrail Board appointed with six Non-Executive Directors
  • Tony Gregory started as the Crossrail Complaints Commissioner in April 2009 and OSG-Miller International appointed as the administrator for Crossrail Small Claims Scheme.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL) and is the lead 'Nominated Undertaker' for the project. CRL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.

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 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will increase London's rail-based 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.

A tunnelling academy is due to open and Network Rail will start work on upgrading the existing railway for Crossrail services in 2010. Up to 14,000 people are estimated to be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.

Preparatory works will continue throughout 2009 with the main construction programming starting in 2010 and tunnelling in 2011. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.