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HS2 recruits former Crossrail director

High Speed 2 (HS2) project promoter HS2 Ltd has named Stuart Westgate has been appointed programme development director.

He will report directly to chied executive Simon Kirby, and will lead development of the new north-south rail line and provide an important link between HS2 and other transport bodies. Westgate joins HS2 from KPMG where he spent four years as director of major projects advisory.

Kirby said: “Stuart has a proven track record of leading innovative, ambitious and complex projects and has vast experience in providing programme and leadership services to major infrastructure clients in transport and finance.

“Prior to joining KPMG in 2011, he spent two years as director of Crossrail surface, responsible for the mainline elements of the cross-London rail scheme.

“Previous roles include principal sponsor in the government’s UK roads programme; deputy director for London Underground’s cooling the Tube programme, and programme manager for the Strategic Rail Authority for the integration of High Speed 1 and Thameslink at St Pancras.”

Westgate said: “HS2 is an immensely important project and I’m delighted to be joining the company at such an exciting time in its development. HS2 represents an unrivalled opportunity for innovation and growth and I’m very much looking forward to playing a part.”

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