London Underground MD joins Crossrail

Photo: Transport for London.
Photo: Transport for London.

Mark Wild is set to become the new chief executive of Crossrail Ltd.

Since June 2016, Mark has been the managing director of London Underground, a role he will return to once the Elizabeth line has opened through central London.

Mark joins Crossrail on November 5, initially working alongside incumbent chief executive Simon Wright before taking over on November 19.

With the focus shortly moving to full-time testing, Mark will lead the project through its final phases, including trial running, trial operations and the opening of the central section.

Prior to joining Transport for London, Mark served as the chief executive of Public Transport Victoria, based in Melbourne, Australia, and was also the managing director of Westinghouse Signals.

London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown said that Mark’s knowledge and experience of delivering major signalling and systems integration projects will be vital for the final stages of the project.

He added: “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.”

Crossrail’s construction phase is due to finish in 2018 with the major focus shifting to integrating the rail systems and full-time testing.

In Mark’s absence, London Underground director of network operations Nigel Holness will step up to the role of managing director from November 5.


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Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.