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Crossrail appoints new CEO on loan from London Underground

Crossrail has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

London Underground managing director Mark Wild will replace Simon Wright at the helm of the organisation as the project enters its final stages.

Mr Wild will take over on 19 November and initially work alongside Mr Wright, who will step down later this year.

Crossrail said Mr Wild had been brought in to lead the project through its final phases, which include trial running, trial operations and the opening of the central section.

Mr Wild, who has served as London Underground MD since June 2016, will return to his role at the transport body once the Elizabeth line has opened.

London Underground director of network operations Nigel Holness will take on the managing director role while Mr Wild is at Crossrail.

Mr Holness was due to leave London Underground to become Metro Trains Sydney deputy chief executive, but will now do so at a later date.

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Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown said: “Mark’s extensive knowledge and experience of delivering major signalling and systems integration projects will be vital for the final stages of the project.”

Last week, Crossrail was handed an extra £350m loan by the government to support construction and testing work on the delayed £15.4bn line.

It followed the announcement in August that the opening date for the line had been pushed back to autumn 2019 due to delays to the fit-out of Crossrail’s new central stations and tunnels.

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