Rail Minister Lord Adonis and Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced that Terry Morgan, the current Chief Executive of Tube Lines, will become the Non-Executive Chair of Crossrail from November 2009.
Crossrail's current Executive Chairman Douglas Oakervee OBE, who has successfully led the company over the past three years, will become Non-Executive Chairman until Mr Morgan takes up his post. Mr Morgan will remain in his role at Tube Lines until then.
Following Parliamentary approval of the Crossrail Act in July, the status of Cross London Rail Links Limited has changed from that of a planning and promotional organisation to the delivery agent for this vital new railway, which will deliver an additional 10 per cent to London's rail-based public transport capacity when it opens in 2017.
Lord Adonis said:
"Crossrail will be the biggest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years and will be a vital boost to the UK economy. I'm delighted that we've been able to secure the services and experience of Terry Morgan who has vast experience of running and delivering major transport engineering projects in London. I'm also very pleased that Douglas Oakervee, who has done such an excellent job leading Crossrail so far, will be Non Executive Chair until Terry takes over."
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:
"Crossrail is a truly incredible project in vision and scale and is absolutely vital to London's future prosperity and growth. I'm determined to see it delivered on time and on budget and Terry Morgan's experience will be vital in ensuring that this is achieved. His knowledge of London's transport infrastructure and how it will integrate with Crossrail during and after construction will be a major asset to this project, which will improve the quality of life for millions of Londoners and boost the economy at this crucial time.
"I'm also extremely grateful to Douglas Oakervee for the pivotal role he has played in getting Crossrail to where it is today. There's no-one better qualified to oversee the critically important task of finalising the contracts to enable main construction to begin in 2010."
Terry Morgan said:
"It's an honour to be taking on this important role. When successfully delivered, Crossrail will add a vital 10 per cent capacity to London's rail-based public transport network.
"Douglas Oakervee deserves huge credit for the leadership and skill he has shown in steering the Crossrail scheme to the start of construction. I'll be working closely with him as I prepare to take up the reins in November 2009.
"Until then, my priorities will be to ensure the continued delivery at Tube Lines and to ensure a smooth handover to my successor. We've built sound foundations and delivered many improvements for Tube passengers, and I look forward to the transformation of the Tube continuing apace."
Douglas Oakervee OBE, current Executive Chairman of Crossrail, said:
"Terry Morgan is an excellent choice as Chairman to oversee the delivery of Crossrail and I look forward to working with him over the year ahead. Work on Crossrail is now moving full-speed ahead and I expect negotiations on the agreements that will underpin the governance of Crossrail to be concluded over the new few weeks. We continue to make progress with the appointment of Crossrail's delivery and programme partners and this is scheduled to be finalised in early 2009."
Recruitment for the new post of Crossrail Chief Executive Officer is currently underway. Both Douglas Oakervee and Terry Morgan will have a role to play in the recruitment process and a further announcement will be made in due course.
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Notes to Editors:
Following Parliamentary approval of the Crossrail Act in July 2008, the status of Cross London Rail Links Limited (CLRL) has changed from that of a planning and promotional organisation to the Delivery Agent for this vital new railway.
The existing post of Executive Chairman will have its responsibilities divided into the new posts of Non-Executive chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The appointment of the Non-Executive Chairman of Crossrail is a joint appointment by the Secretary of State and the Mayor of London.
The appointment of Crossrail Chief Executive Officer is the responsibility of the CLRL Board.
Terry Morgan 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.
Douglas Oakervee OBE is one of the country's most distinguished civil engineers, with vast international experience in the delivery of major projects. He was elected 139th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2003. He was appointed Executive Chairman of Cross London Rail Links Ltd in December 2005 and under his leadership Crossrail obtained its £15.9bn funding package and the Crossrail Bill completed its parliamentary process, attaining Royal Assent in July 2008. He was awarded the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Gold Medal the same year.
As was laid out in the Heads of Terms published on 26 November 2007, Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) will become a 100% subsidiary of TfL after the necessary governance agreements have been finalised and executed. This is expected to occur before the end of the year. The project will continue to be the joint responsibility of TfL and the Secretary of State for Transport as Sponsors.
The TfL Board and the CLRL Board will continue to be separate entities. The CLRL Board, reconstituted on 1 August 2008, comprises four independent Non-Executive Directors and three Executive Directors. However, in addition the Mayor/TfL and Department for Transport in their roles as project sponsors, each retain the right to nominate one further Non-Executive Director to the CLRL Board.
As Crossrail will be a 100% subsidiary of TfL and TfL is a major funder of Crossrail, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Crossrail will have an ongoing relationship with TfL and its Board. This structure will allow CLRL to focus on delivery of Crossrail, a project of huge size and scale, with appropriate levels of scrutiny and accountability.