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New Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan to join five months early

Crossrail has today announced that Terry Morgan will take up his post as non executive chairman on 1 June, five months ahead of the previously announced date of November 2009.

Morgan’s early departure from Tube Lines has been made possible after the Tube contractor announced that it had recruited Dean Finch to replace him as chief executive.

Current non executive chairman Douglas Oakervee will leave Crossrail when Terry Morgan joins the organisation.

Oakervee said: “It has been a great privilege to lead the Crossrail project over the past few years and the company is now quickly moving from a planning organisation to one focused on delivery of this vital railway.

“Following approval of the Crossrail Act last summer, the project has made significant progress with funding and governance agreements finalised, the appointment of Rob Holden as chief executive and the selection of the contractors for the key programme partner and project delivery partner contracts.

“Given that construction will shortly get underway at Isle of Dogs followed by Tottenham Court Road and other key sites in 2010, it seems a good point to hand over to Terry Morgan so that he can be involved in overseeing the next crucial phase in Crossrail’s construction from the beginning.”

Terry Morgan said: “Douglas Oakervee deserves huge credit for the leadership and skill he has shown in steering Crossrail to the start of construction. Under his leadership Crossrail obtained its £15.9bn funding package, gained parliamentary approval and key contract awards made. Crossrail is now moving ahead at speed and over the coming year we will see construction underway on the major stations in central London and Docklands and the opening of the Mayor’s Tunnelling Academy to provide up to 1,000 people with the necessary skills to work on Europe’s largest construction project.”

Crossrail has also announced the immediate appointment of Robert Jennings as a non executive director. Jennings joins Crossrail as the Department for Transport’s nominee to the CRL Board. The TfL nominee to the CRL Board is Sir Mike Hodgkinson.

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