The Execution Strategy for Delivering London’s Elizabeth line

Document type: Journal Publication
Author: Bill Tucker BSArch MArch, ICE Publishing
Publication Date: 13/03/2017

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  • Abstract

    Crossrail, the project to deliver the Elizabeth line east–west railway across London, is the largest construction project in Europe. The Crossrail Act 2008 outlined the principles of an execution strategy for delivery of the 10 year programme, which will see the new line fully operational in 2019. At the heart of the strategy was a vision for how the railway would be delivered through best practice and responsible procurement, via a project delivery partner, a programme partner, designers and contractors as well as development agreements with key stakeholders. From 2008 through completion of tunnelling in 2015 and into systems and architectural finishing works, this vision has remained constant. This paper outlines the execution strategy and how it came to remain intact as a basis of delivery throughout the life of the project.

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    Bill Tucker BSArch MArch - Bechtel, Crossrail Ltd

    Central Section Delivery Director, Crossrail

    Bill Tucker is delivery director for the central section of Crossrail.  In this role, he is directly responsible for delivery of the 42km of tunnels, nine new stations, five intermediate shafts and five portals that comprise the central operating section through dynamic testing and handover for trial operations.  Bill joined the Crossrail programme in April 2009 when Bechtel were appointed as the project delivery partner.  Prior to his current role, he led directorates responsible for tunnelling and the central geographical section of the project and has integrally been involved in the development and implementation of the management systems, procurement strategies and execution strategies of the programme.  Bill has lived and worked in the UK since 2000. Prior to Crossrail, he was the implementation director for the £7b West Coast Route Modernisation programme with Network Rail.  Bill had twenty years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry in the power sector prior to his move to the UK.