"Mark's extensive knowledge and experience of delivering major signalling and systems integration projects will be vital for the final stages of the project"

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.

Mark Wild joins 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 later this year as planned.

Last week, 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.

While Mark Wild is at Crossrail Ltd, London Underground Director of Network Operations Nigel Holness will step up to the role of Managing Director. He will 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 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."

The Elizabeth line, jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT) and TfL, with support from London's business community, will connect stations such as Paddington to Canary Wharf in only 17 minutes, transforming how Londoners and visitors move across the capital. Once complete, the Elizabeth line will be run by TfL. The new railway will bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London and more than 200 million passengers are expected to use it every year.


Notes to editors

  • The Crossrail Ltd Board appointed Mark Wild as Chief Executive, this was approved by both DfT and TfL as joint Sponsors.
  • Mark will join Crossrail Ltd from Monday 5 November before taking over from Simon Wright as Chief Executive from Monday 19 November.
  • Nigel Holness will take on the role of London Underground Managing Director from Monday 5 November.
  • Prior to joining London Underground as Managing Director, Mark Wild served as Special Advisor to the Minister and Secretary of the State Government of Victoria, Australia. Previously, he had been the Chief Executive of Public Transport Victoria, the integrated transport authority based in Melbourne, which serves a population of some six million people. He was also Managing Director of Westinghouse Signals, where he was responsible for successful integration projects such as the upgrade of the Victoria line for London Underground as well as the delivery of Communications-Based Train Control metro lines around the world, including the Downtown Line in Singapore, Airport Line in Taiwan and Line 5 in Beijing.