Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme is to step down after seven years in the job. He will join BAE Systems in May as group managing director for maritime and land.
Wolstenholme is to leave the role as part of the ”planned demobilisation of its delivery and leadership team,” according to Crossrail. He will take up a new job in the private sector. Crossrail programme director Simon Wright step in as chief executive as the project completes.
The team will be scaled back as works are completed in the central section of the railway and some functions transfer to Transport for London (TfL) as the new infrastructure owner.
Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan said: “Construction of the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages and during the coming year we will be handing over the completed assets to TfL, who will lead the final testing and commissioning phase ahead of the railway’s opening in December.”
He thanked Wolstenholme for his work which oversaw the construction of 42km of tunnels, ten stations, and the installation of systems to support the operation of the railway.
Morgan added: “Andrew leaves the team well placed to finish the remaining construction activity and commence infrastructure testing to finish the job, ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line”.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “His work not just on delivering this vital and world-leading project, but also in championing innovative construction methods, supply chain development, diversity - as well as his relentless focus on safety - will leave a lasting legacy across the industry.”
Institution of Civil Engineers director general Nick Baveystock said: “He has done a lot to dispel the myths about UK construction. By keeping Crossrail on time and on track he has shown the world that we, as a nation, can still lead the world in infrastructure delivery.”