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Lord Adonis proposed as Crossrail 2 chair

Crossrail 3.2

Lord Andrew Adonis has been recommended as chair of the Crossrail 2 board.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made the announcement today as he revealed proposals for key senior appointments.

Lord Adonis, who would continue as chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has been proposed for the Crossrail 2 role jointly by the mayor, chancellor George Osborne, and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. His appointment is subject to approval by the London Assembly and Transport for London (TfL) board.

“I’m delighted to announce these key appointments to my top team that brings together people with extensive experience and knowledge to help me deliver my manifesto for all Londoners,” said Khan.

“As London grows, it is imperative that we plan now for the transport infrastructure London needs for the long term. So I am delighted to announce my proposal to appoint Andrew Adonis as chair of Crossrail 2. He will bring vital experience to help ensure Crossrail 2 gets off the ground and is delivered as quickly as possible.”

Commenting on the announcement, head of external affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) Marie-Claude Hemming said: “This would be a superb appointment to oversee what will be a game-changing transport project for London.

“The proposal of Lord Adonis, one of the nation’s foremost experts on infrastructure policy, is a clear sign that both the government and the mayor of London are working together to deliver Crossrail 2 as quickly as possible.

“Ceca believes Crossrail 2 is fundamental to addressing London’s transport needs in the 21st century, and Lord Adonis will provide the necessary leadership to ensure it is delivered on time and on budget.”

Khan also announced his intention to appoint Val Shawcross as deputy mayor for transport and deputy chair of TfL.

“Val Shawcross has unrivalled knowledge of London’s transport issues through her work over 16 years as a London Assembly member,” said Khan. “I know this extensive experience makes her the right person to help deliver my plans for a modern, accessible and affordable transport network for everyone.”

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