London Underground boss drafted in to help troubled Crossrail

 

Crossrail’s chief executive Simon Wright is to step down and will be replaced by Mark Wild, the managing director of London Underground, following further government cash injections into the delayed £15.4bn project.

Mr Wild will remain in charge until the opening of the central section of Crossrail, which will be known as the Elizabeth line.

The line was due to be completed in December but it was announced in August that the scheme would take up to another year to get trains running on the underground core section.

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Another £650m of funding was added in June and last week, a £350m government loan was extended to Transport for London to cover a revenue shortfall caused by the delayed opening. TfL said full-time testing of the route would start soon.

Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, said: 'Crossrail has been given even more money from government to complete this project as well as more time.

'We hope Mark, who will be aware of the problems Crossrail has encountered so far, will set a new direction on how to finish this major project. Most importantly, to work with the mayor to help honour his commitment to transparency going forward for the sake of Londoners’ trust.”

'Crossrail will be a huge benefit to Londoners. We are all looking forward to the day those trains are on the tracks and all of London can take advantage of this new transport facility.'

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