Crossrail project to deliver London’s Elizabeth line: from options to parliamentary bill

Document type: Journal Publication
Author: Simon Bennett BEng(Hons) FCILT MCIPR AMICE, ICE Publishing
Publication Date: 22/08/2017

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    The Crossrail programme to deliver the Elizabeth line east–west railway across London, UK, was authorised by the Crossrail Act 2008. It was the culmination of 6 years of planning and development work by an organisation called Cross London Rail Links (CLRL), which was created for the purpose as a joint venture between the Strategic Rail Authority (succeeded by the Department for Transport) and Transport for London. This paper explains the planning and development work, from the creation of CLRL in 2001 until agreement was given to deposit the Crossrail parliamentary bill in 2004.

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    Simon Bennett BEng(Hons) FCILT MCIPR AMICE - Crossrail Ltd

    Simon is Head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail. A Civil Engineer, Transport Planner and Communications professional, he worked on the original 1990s Crossrail scheme for London Underground and in 2000 was seconded from TfL to Cross London Rail Links to work on developing the project and securing powers. He led the Consultation team which became the Petitions Negotiation team during the Bill process. During the construction phase he has been Head of Stakeholder Engagement and then Programme Community Relations Manager.

    In 2015, Simon was appointed to lead the team responsible for the collation and dissemination of good practice, innovation and lessons learned from the Crossrail construction programme aimed at raising the bar in industry and showcasing UK PLC.

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