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Crossrail Implementation Director appointed

Crossrail Ltd today appointed David Bennett, currently Deputy Crossrail Project Representative to the newly created position of Implementation Director. Mr Bennett will start his new role on 20 July 2009.

The Crossrail Implementation Director will work closely with the Project Delivery Partner to ensure the major construction element of the Crossrail programme is delivered on time and to budget.

Rob Holden, Chief Executive of Crossrail Ltd, said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of David Bennett as Crossrail's Implementation Director. He brings a wealth of experience to the project, not least from his current role with the Crossrail Project Representative which provides oversight to DfT and TfL as project sponsors. David will play a key role in delivering Europe's largest construction project and I look forward to him joining the team in July."

David Bennett said: "I am excited to be taking up the newly created role of Crossrail Implementation Director. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Project Delivery Partner team in delivering this vitally important project which will bring enormous transport and economic benefits across London, the South East and to the wider UK."


Further information:

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

Notes to Editors

David Bennett

David joins Crossrail Ltd from the Crossrail Project Representative Team, which provides oversight support to the project sponsors (Department for Transport and Transport for London) to ensure that Crossrail will deliver the project on schedule, within budget and to the agreed standard. David has senior management experience in railway construction on projects overseas and in the UK, most recently as Implementation Director for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (High Speed 1). David is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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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 Undertaken' 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.