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Crossrail appoints Head of Procurement

Crossrail Ltd (CRL) today appointed Martin Rowark as Head of Procurement. Reporting directly to Commercial Director Martin Buck, he will lead the CRL Procurement Division to achieve best value in the delivery of the procurement requirements of the Crossrail project to programme and budget. Mr Rowark will join Crossrail on 21 December 2009.

As head of procurement, Mr Rowark will ensure that the acquisition of works, services and supplies from the external supply market is efficiently and effectively managed in line with relevant Procurement Regulations, Government policies and best industry practice.

Martin Buck, Commercial Director of Crossrail Ltd, said:
"I am delighted that Martin Rowark will be joining us as Head of Procurement. He brings a wealth of experience to the project as he has contributed to key railway projects in the past. We look forward to having him on board and strengthening the team to help deliver Europe's largest construction project on time and to budget."

Martin Rowark said: "It is an exciting time to be a part of a project of such national significance as Crossrail. I look forward to contributing to its success."


Further information:
Ankeeta MunsiCrossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552, [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

Martin Rowark MRICS

A Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Martin commenced his career in construction as a management contractor. Joining Railtrack at their floatation he worked at Great Western Zone and later Southern Zone, leading the Contract and Supply function. In 2001 Martin joined leading international construction consultants Davis Langdon LLP as Head of Civil Engineering and Railways, operating from London. This role involved commissions on Channel Tunnel Rail Link, West Coast Route Modernisation, The White City Development, ERTMS and Metronet Trans4m/Alliance. Following this Martin acted as Deputy to the Head of Procurement for the London 2012 Olympics. Most recently he has been advising the TfL team delivering the East London Line. Martin is married with two children. His hobbies include competitive cycling and motorsport.

Steve Rowsell will stay closely involved with the Crossrail project as a consultant. He joined Crossrail on an interim basis in 2007 to create the procurement strategy. Having put in place the foundations of a comprehensive procurement plan, Mr Rowsell will now be stepping back from a full time role at Crossrail.

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 15 May Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and progress includes:

  • New top level management team in place and Terry Morgan became Crossrail chairman on 1 June 2009
  • OJEU notices for the first two tunnelling contracts have been issued
  • Crossrail Visitor Information Centre opened at St Giles High Street
  • University of York announces new Master of Engineering course in Embedded Systems to be supported by Crossrail
  • European Investment Bank announced £1 billion loan to TfL for Crossrail
  • Crossrail confirms that some 4 million m³ of excavated materials will be transported to Wallasea Island in Essex for the creation of a new bird and wildlife wetlands reserve
  • Crossrail and Port of London Authority sign memorandum of understanding for removal of excavated materials by river
  • Giken piling completed on schedule at Canary Wharf and work has commenced on constructing a cofferdam in the North Dock
  • Islington Council approves plans for Crossrail/Thameslink station at Farringdon
  • Works commence for he deconstruction of Cardinal Tower at Farringdon
  • OJEU issued for Paddington Integrated Programme
  • OJEUs issued inviting bids for tunnelling packages for Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Tender submissions
  • The Government announced that the route from Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction in Kent has been safeguarded to ensure that developments along this rail corridor do not impact on the ability to extend Crossrail in the future
  • Site in London Boroughs of Newham and Redbridge acquired and OJEU issued for construction of Crossrail Tunnelling Academy.
  • Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London.


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.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East after the new railway opens in 2017. A study published in February 2009 assessed the key benefits including faster journey times, reduced and public transport congestions, improved productivity and higher earnings. When the results are modelled for just one year - 2026 - the annual economic benefit across all of London's boroughs is estimated at £1.24bn at 2008 prices.

A tunnelling academy is due to open 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.