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Crossrail chief executive to be named today

London & Continental Railways (LCR) chief executive Rob Holden is set to be confirmed as chief executive of Crossrail later today, NCE understands.

Read NCE’s Building Crossrail major project report

“I understand that a confirmation of Rob Holden’s move from his position at LCR to take over the reigns at Crossrail is imminent,” said an industry source.

He added that while Holden’s move is likely to be announced this week, he was unlikely to join Crossrail straight away, allowing time for a smooth transition from his LCR role.

As LCR chief executive, Holden delivered High Speed 1 and the restoration of St Pancras station on time and to budget.

An accountant by training, Holden has taken the top job on the technically complex Crossrail project to deliver the same successful results.

He will also be choosing, with existing chairman Doug Oakervee and incoming chairman Terry Morgan, the team to deliver the job – the 400M delivery partner contract to tackle the tricky central London tunnelled sections, and the 100M programme partner role to manage the overall scheme, confirmation of which is expected in the coming weeks.

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