London Underground’s Mark Wild to be new Crossrail Chief Executive
Transport for London (TfL) and Crossrail Ltd have announced that Mark Wild will join Crossrail Ltd as Chief Executive from Monday 19 November 2018, taking over from Simon Wright.
Mark Wild will join Crossrail Ltd from London Underground, where he has served as Managing Director since June 2016. He will return to his role at London Underground once the Elizabeth line has opened through central London. He will initially work alongside Simon Wright who will step down as Chief Executive of Crossrail Ltd as planned.
With the focus shortly moving to full-time testing, Mark Wild will lead the hugely complex project through its final phases, including trial running, trial operations and the opening of the central section.
Recently, an interim financing package between the government and the Mayor of London was confirmed, which will enable Crossrail Ltd to continue its construction work and vital testing at pace to open the Elizabeth line to passengers as quickly as possible.
During Mark Wild’s post at Crossrail Ltd, London Underground’s Director of Network Operations, Nigel Holness, will become Managing Director. He will then take up his previously-announced position of Deputy Chief Executive for Metro Trains Sydney at a later date.
Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “The Elizabeth line is the single most significant addition to London’s transport infrastructure in a generation. It is absolutely vital that Crossrail Ltd completes the job of delivering it safely and reliably for London. Mark’s extensive knowledge and experience of delivering major signalling and systems integration projects will be vital for the final stages of the project.”
Simon Wright, Crossrail’s Chief Executive said: “Everyone involved in the project is fully focused on ensuring the Elizabeth line is completed as quickly as possible. With the construction phase due to come to an end later this year, the major focus for Crossrail will be the integration of the complex railway systems and the start of full-time testing.”