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Multiplex hires Tube boss to focus on rail

Former Metronet director moves to Aussie contractor to look at major projects

MULTIPLEX has taken on a former London Underground construction chief to spearhead rail work on its major projects.

The firm has recruited Philip Todd, ex-director of capital projects at tube upgrade firm Metronet BCV.

In his former job he was responsible for the delivery of track improvements and station modernisation for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines.

The move was revealed in a presentation made to investors by Multiplex's Australian parent company last week.

Mr Todd joined Metronet in 2003 after overseeing the transition of tube infrastructure from LU to the PPP partners. Before that he had been a business manager in London Underground's infrastructure consultancy services.

A Multiplex spokesman said that Mr Todd had been brought in to manage rail infrastructure work for the firm, starting on the £600 million White City shopping centre in West London.

The scheme involves building a new station on the Hammersmith & City line and the refurbishment of a Central Line tube station and West London Line overground station at Shepherds Bush.

One of Mr Todd's first roles will be to get to grips with the programme on White City.The analysts' presentation confirmed that service diversions on the scheme are running around three weeks behind schedule due to difficulties in organising statutory approvals with London Underground.

The rest of the project is understood to be running on time.

Mr Todd's role is later expected to take in the rail works on Multiplex's multi-billion plans for Stratford City in East London and Cricklewood in the north of the capital.

Multiplex's joint plans with developer Scarborough for a major retail development near Euston station in London have been put on the back burner, despite the formation of a development company in February.

A spokesman said: 'We were in discussions with Scarborough about forming a limited partnership for the development but, due to the huge amount of acquisition work that Multiplex has been involved in, it was decided to deliver on the projects we already have in hand.The Euston scheme is on hold but is still a possible long term project.'