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Crossrail in no hurry to replace departing Haste

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LONDON'S MASSIVE Crossrail project is not expected to name a permanent replacement for departing chief executive Norman Haste for at least six months, industry sources said this week.

They expect the new chief executive to take over after the enabling Crossrail bill has passed through the tricky House of Commons committee stage.

Haste fficially left the project at the end of last month after announcing plans to step down in May (NCE 15 May).

The Department for Transport confirmed this week that it had found no permanent replacement.

A pokesman aid there was no rush to find one and that the process 'will take as long as it needs to'.

Haste's deputy Keith Berryman was named acting chief executive earlier this month.

It is expected that Berryman will take on the task of steering the bill through the committee stage.

Berryman is a long standing member of the senior Crossrail management team. He was chief executive before Haste joined from Heathrow's Terminal 5 project in 2002.

Berryman is an ICE fellow and has worked on the Docklands Light Railway, the West Coast Main Line and Hong Kong's mass transit railway.

Last week he announced that Taylor Woodrow had been awarded the Crossrail enabling works contract.

Initially this involves scoping, planning and costing the advance works programme.

Taylor Woodrow recently won a similar contract for the £900M East London Line upgrade.

Crossrail is also to invite bids for a design management contract later this month.

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