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Crossrail Programme Director Appointed

Crossrail Ltd today appointed Andrew Mitchell, the current Major Programme Director with Network Rail's Thameslink Programme, as Programme Director for Crossrail. Dr Graham Plant, Interim Crossrail Programme Director will remain with the project until Mr Mitchell joins later in the year, to enable a smooth transition to be made at Crossrail and the Thameslink Programme.

The Crossrail Programme Director is responsible for ensuring that the Crossrail Programme Partner and Project Delivery Partner deliver the Crossrail scheme on time and on budget. The Programme Director will deputise for the Chief Executive when required and will serve as one of three Executive Directors on the Crossrail Board.

Rob Holden, Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited, said:

"Crossrail is building momentum and Andrew Mitchell's appointment is a further significant step forward for Crossrail following the start of construction at Canary Wharf last week. I am delighted he will lead the co-ordination of our partners in delivering Crossrail as we move into the critical construction and delivery phase of the project. I would also like to thank Graham Plant for his role to-date in successfully securing the appointment of Crossrail's Programme Partner and Project Delivery Partner as well as the Design Framework Agreements."

Andrew Mitchell said:

"I am very excited to be joining Crossrail. It is a huge undertaking which will bring enormous benefits for London, the South East and the whole of the UK. When it opens in 2017 Crossrail will provide an additional 10 per cent to London's rail-based public transport capacity. I am looking forward to working with the Crossrail team and its partners to deliver this world class railway."

Dr Graham Plant, Interim Programme Director of Crossrail Limited, said:

"It has been a great privilege to help steer Crossrail as it prepares to deliver this vital railway by putting in place the building blocks to support a successful project outcome. Andrew brings a wealth of experience in the delivery of major projects in this country and overseas, most recently at Network Rail, and I wish him every success".


Further information:

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

Notes to Editors

Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell has managed a number of high profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas. After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France, South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail he joined Network Rail in 2001.

As Project Director for Network Rail's Southern Power Upgrade project, he successfully delivered the scheme £300m under budget. He is currently Senior Programme Director of Network Rail's £5.5bn Thameslink Programme, where he has led the team that secured the necessary funding and consents. Andrew is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Dr Graham Plant joined Crossrail on an interim basis in 2007 to develop the Delivery Strategy and was appointed to Crossrail CRL Board in 2008.

Crossrail Progress

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:

  • Construction work at Canary Wharf Crossrail station started on Friday 15 May 2009
  • New Crossrail Board appointed with six Non-Executive DirectorsTerry Morgan appointed Chairman, effective 1 June 2009
  • Rob Holden became Chief Executive from 1 April 2009
  • Tony Gregory appointed Crossrail Complaints CommissionerAppointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme PartnerAppointment of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner
  • 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 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 is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). 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 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.