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HS2 appoints Thameslink boss to lead first phase

High Speed 2 promoter HS2 Ltd has appointed Thameslink boss Jim Crawford as programme director for phase one from London to Birmingham.

Crawford joins from Network Rail where he was the major director for the £6.5bn Thameslink upgrade.

HS2 Ltd construction chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Building Britain’s much-needed high speed rail network will be a major undertaking and we need the best people to help deliver it on schedule and within the budget we have been set. Jim Crawford’s experience speaks for itself but I know just how capable he is from our time together at Network Rail working on the multi-billion pound investment in Thameslink. I am very pleased that someone of Jim’s calibre is joining us as we have much to do between now and when we expect to have spades in the ground in 2017.”

Jim took over the Thameslink programme in 2009 delivering some notable milestones, including the rebuilding of London Blackfriars and Farringdon stations. At HS2 Ltd he will be completing the set up of the team that will be responsible for the delivery of the multi-billion pound construction programme for the first phase of the new high speed rail network between London and West Midlands.

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