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Crossrail announce new Programme Director

Crossrail announced the appointment of Simon Wright as its new Programme Director recently. Moving from his role as Project Development Director at Network Rail, Simon Wright will take up his role this summer, past experience has been gathered as Director of Infrastructure and Utilities with the Olympic Delivery Authority and working with global consulting engineering firm Arup.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Simon Wright is an outstanding candidate who successfully led the delivery and commissioning of the infrastructure for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games; Crossrail will benefit enormously from his knowledge and expertise.

“The Crossrail programme is now over halfway to completion with the end of major civils in sight and a team fully engaged on delivering stations fit-out and the transition to an operational railway. Simon will lead the delivery team during this important second half as we move closer to realising this critically important project for London and the UK.”

Crossrail is due to open in 2018, once running it will increase London’s rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and dramatically cut journey times across the city. The network will pass through 40 stations; from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east and bringing an extra 1.5m people to within 45 minutes of central London.