10 DECEMBER 2018
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As predicted by BTN, Sir Terry Morgan is leaving his job as chairman of Crossrail after resigning last week. The announcement was made by transport secretary Chris Grayling and London mayor Sadiq Khan.
In his Crossrail role, Sir Terry was a popular and “hands-on” chief executive. He also, controversially, took on the role of CEO at London City Airport (LCY), but left recently, saying the HS2 role was devouring all his time. Rob Holden has now taken over as LCY chairman (BTN 26 November).
Kahn noted he had “had concerns” about the effectiveness of Crossrail Ltd’s governance and was angry when Crossrail Ltd revealed the project would be delayed.
Khan said there had also historically been a lack of adequate information shared by the senior Crossrail leadership with the project’s joint sponsors, the Department for Transport and Transport for London. This begs the question whether he was aware that the previous Silvertown for London City Airport station was not part of the Crossrail project approved by his predecessor Boris Johnson. The Elizabeth Line surfaces just by the Executive Terminal.
“Under new leadership, Crossrail must provide the joint sponsors and Londoners with the confidence that it has robust mechanisms in place to deliver a revised schedule, operating with a renewed sense of urgency and transparency,” he added.
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