HEATHROW TERMINAL 5 project director Norman Haste is to join the Crossrail project as chief executive of promoter Cross London Rail Links.
The move will see Haste take over the design and preparation work necessary to steer a Hybrid Bill through Parliament as well as secure the public and private funding for the £4.5bn plus project.
'Crossrail is a very exciting new challenge and very much right up my street, ' said Haste this week. His distinguished career has seen him deliver the Sizewell B power station, the Second Severn Crossing - both from early planning stages - before leading T5 through the longest ever public inquiry process. He won an OBE for his services to construction in 1997.
However, Haste said that he was disappointed to be leaving the T5 project at the longawaited construction stage, but added: 'I have put in place all the processes and tools to allow T5 to be built. My passion for the project will continue for some months.'
Haste's appointment came in the week that Cross London Rail Links - a 50:50 joint venture between Transport for London and the Strategic Rail Authority - confirmed a shortlist of possible routes for the project. This includes a spur just after Whitechapel station with one branch heading north east to Stratford and another branch heading south east to Ebbsfleet.