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Industry figurehead Oakervee to be new High Speed 2 chairman

Former Crossrail chairman Douglas Oakervee has been appointed as the new chairman of scheme promoter High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd, it has just been revealed.

Oakervee was executive chairman for Crossrail between 2005 and 2009 during the project’s hybrid bill phase so will be well poised to take the new high speed rail project between London and West Midlands through the same process.

He was also project director for Chek Lap Kok International airport in Hong Kong, with responsibility for planning, design procurement and construction.

The appointment is for a period of between three and five years, with the potential for it to extend to up to 10 years, and will take up his role next month. The salary will be between £120,000 and £140,000 with Oakervee expected to spend at least two days a week at the HS2 offices in London.

The organisation aims to introduce a hybrid bill into Parliament by October 2013 with a view to seeking to obtain Royal Assent by 2015.

“I believe that HS2 offers a unique chance to address the capacity issues facing the British transport network and to promote growth in our major cities,” said Oakervee. “I will use my experience of the hybrid bill process at Crossrail to ensure that HS2 Ltd is best able to efficiently navigate this stage of the project.”

Oakervee’s primary responsibilities

Formulating the Board’s strategy
Ensuring that the Board, in reaching decisions across its full remit including the route design and environmental assessment, takes proper account of guidance provided by the Department for Transport or the secretary of state
Encouraging high standards of regularity and propriety
Promoting HS2 to the general public.


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  • Douglas seems a safe pair of hands and have the right experience to deliver what is likely to be a controversial be necessary project.

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