The Mayor of London’s aviation advisor Daniel Moylan has been appointed by Boris Johnson to oversee the second Crossrail scheme in London.
Moylan, whose current responsibilities include making the case for a new hub airport in east London, will work with Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport and with Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning at TfL, to lead the preparation for the the huge rail project.
TfL has recently completed a second consultation on Crossrail 2 to inform the revised safeguarding for the route. The organisation is also completing a range of studies which have examined the development potential along the route, funding and financing options and engineering and operational constraints.
As part of his extended role Moylan will be looking at the business case for the scheme which will allow the Mayor to campaign for funding from the government.
The Mayor’s office aims to secure the necessary planning powers and procure the design team and contractors by 2019, with the goal of building the scheme by 2029.
Johnson, said: ‘If London and its economy are to keep moving then it’s essential that we crack on and get Crossrail 2 delivered. It’s a vital project not just for the capital, but also for the regions from which hordes of commuters struggle into work on packed carriages each day.
‘Daniel is astute and tenacious. His experience representing TfL on the Board of Crossrail 1, his oversight of Transport for London’s massive investment plan and his work on framing aviation policy in the capital make him ideally suited to driving the work around this crucial scheme.’
Daniel Moylan said: ‘I am very pleased and excited to be taking on these new responsibilities for the progression of Crossrail 2. As a board member of Crossrail 1, I am familiar with the immense benefit such schemes have for London and the wider south east and I look forward to ensuring its successor will be delivered as quickly and effectively as possible.
‘London is growing at a phenomenal rate – 20 per cent over the next 15 years – and it is only through major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 1, Crossrail 2 and a new hub airport that the challenges and opportunities of that growth can be fully met.’