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Crossrail engineering chief to join HS2

Crossrail civils chief Chris Dulake is to join the £50bn High Speed 2 project this month.

Project promoter HS2 confirmed Dulake, currently chief engineer on Crossrail, would become engineering director for phase one of the rapid rail link scheme from 18 May.

As well as Crossrail, Dulake has worked on the King’s Cross station redevelopment, Istanbul’s Marmaray Crossing and New York’s 2nd Avenue Subway. A 28-year career has included stints for Arup and Aecom.

He will be one of nine people on the HS2 phase one executive team, which will manage the contractors on the London-to-Birmingham stretch of the scheme.

Plans for HS2 are well advanced, with the client launching procurement processes for about £1bn of engineering, design and oversight work earlier this year.

But an influential Parliamentary committee called in March for the next government to make a fresh case for spending £50bn on the scheme.

The HS2 phase one executive team

  • Jim Crawford – managing director
  • Rob Carr – programme director, South
  • Mike Hickson – programme director, Central
  • Mike Lyons – programme director, North
  • John Bettles – programme director, rail systems
  • Steve Hudson – programme director, commercial and development
  • Steve Fink – programme director for health and safety
  • Chris Dulake – programme director, engineering
  • Sabina Nizamuddin – Business manager

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