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Crossrail chair to quit amid delay to €15bn link

By Mark Kleinman, City editor
The chairman of Crossrail, the ?15bn project connecting east and west London, is preparing to step down weeks after it emerged that the line's opening would be delayed well into next year.
Sky News has learnt that Sir Terry Morgan, who has held the role since 2009, is likely to be replaced within months.Sir Terry, who also chairs the HS2 high-speed rail-link, said last month that he had no intention of quitting the helm of Crossrail Ltd, telling Caroline Pidgeon, chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee: "My determination is to finish the job."Sources in Whitehall said on Wednesday night that officials were drawing up a list of potential successors to Sir Terry, although it was unclear whether any had been approached yet.:: Crossrail to miss December 2018 opening dateThe details of Sir Terry's departure have yet to be finalised and it still requires formal approval from Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, and Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, the Whitehall sources added.
Crossrail chair to quit amid delay to €15bn link

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Sir Terry Morgan has been the chairman of Crossrail since June 2009. Pic: Crossrail
Crossrail, which will carry passengers from Paddington to Canary Wharf in 17 minutes, is one of Britain's biggest rail infrastructure projects for decades.Transport for London (TfL) has boasted that Crossrail will boost Britain's economy by an estimated €42bn while adding 10% to central London's rail capacity.Due to open in December, TfL has blamed the delay to the central section of the line on the need for testing communication between trains and signalling systems.Mr Khan said he had not been informed of the Crossrail delay until two days before it was announced."I'm extremely frustrated, disappointed and angry at the delay but I'm confident that when completed Crossrail will be a great engineering project and asset for London," he told the London Assembly last month.
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