The Chairman of Crossrail Ltd and HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has resigned from both roles, it has been confirmed.
Resignations have been accepted by the Mayor of London and Transport Secretary for the former role, and by the Transport Secretary for the latter.
Sir Terry was in place as Chairman of Crossrail Ltd for nearly a decade, guiding the significant infrastructure project through its construction phase towards completion.
His tenure at HS2 Ltd was much shorter; Sir Terry only took up the position at the start of August.
Allan Cook CBE has already been confirmed as the successor to Sir Terry in the role of Chair of HS2 Ltd, while a replacement at Crossrail Ltd will be announced in due course.
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, thanked the outgoing Chair for his contributions.
He said: “Sir Terry has been an integral part of Crossrail for almost a decade and I would like to thank him for his dedication and the expertise he has brought to the role. I am also grateful to him for his work as Chair of HS2 Ltd.
“HS2 is the country’s biggest infrastructure project and, with his wealth of experience, Allan Cook CBE is the right person to oversee the project as it progresses towards full construction.”
The news of this resignation comes at a time when the Crossrail project has been plunged into doubt.
The first part of the Elizabeth line was meant to open in December 2018. This has been pushed back by nine months, at the expense of Transport for London (TfL), who would have been expecting a great deal of income in those nine months that now won’t be realised.
Regarding the project, there has been conflicting statements from Sadiq Khan and Sir Terry; the Mayor is adamant he didn’t know about any scheduled delay until the end of August.
However, the outgoing Chair said he informed the Mayor more than a month earlier.