Crossrail: A 21st century railway, London

22 May, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

Crossrail is Europe
Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project

About this event

Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail is now 80% complete as it delivers London’s new metro railway, the Elizabeth line.

The 118km long route will connect Reading and Heathrow in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east – passing through the capital’s key commercial and employment centres in central London. When it opens in December 2018, the Elizabeth line will cut journey times across the city and increase central London’s rail capacity by 10% - the largest increase since the Second World War.

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Simon Wright

Speaker: Simon Wright OBE, Programme Director of Crossrail

Simon was appointed as Programme Director at Crossrail in July 2014, joining from Network Rail, Infrastructure Projects where he had been Project Development Director since March 2013. Previously Simon was the Director of Venues and Infrastructure at the Olympic Delivery Authority having been appointed in August 2006 and was responsible for design and delivery of all infrastructures on the Olympic Park as well as the operations of the venues and Athletes Village throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He graduated in civil engineering in 1976 from Birmingham University and joined Binnie and Partners where he worked on a number of water engineering and dam projects in Sri Lanka, Egypt, Sudan and UK. In 1984 he joined Mouchel where he ran the water division firstly in UK and then in Hong Kong. He set up a consultancy business for Mouchel in Thailand. In 1996 he left Hong Kong to join Arup’s Project Management business in UK and Europe which he ran from 2003 until he joined the ODA.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in 2012