Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan is to take over at High Speed 2 (HS2) promoter HS2 Ltd, it has been announced.
Morgan, who has been chairman of Crossrail since 2009, will take over from David Higgins at the beginning of next month.
Higgins announced his resignation in February after four years in the job.
“It is a privilege to take up this crucial role with HS2 – a railway that will help transform this country through better connections for over 300,000 passengers every single day,” Morgan said.
“HS2 will be a driving force behind greater prosperity and productivity across the country, unlocking opportunities for growth and regeneration and building a transport network fit for the future. I look forward to meeting the team and beginning the vital work of taking this magnificent project from strength to strength.”
Morgan has an MSc in engineering production and management, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the ICE.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “Sir Terry’s appointment as chair of HS2 ensures that we will continue to see world-class leadership in an exciting period for one of Europe’s most significant infrastructure projects, helping deliver huge economic growth and improvements for passengers across the country.
“His wealth of experience and expertise, demonstrated in numerous leading roles including overseeing the ambitious Crossrail project, as well as his respected reputation and enthusiasm, will be invaluable in the project’s continued success.
“I also extend my great thanks to Sir David Higgins, who has led this project with determination and vision. He has brought huge expertise and experience to the development of the project and to making the case for HS2 as a driver of economic transformation.”
Grayling also announced that Ed Smith has been appointed as a non-executive director to the HS2 Ltd board.