Rob Holden, current chief executive officer of London & Continental Railways, has been appointed as Crossrail’s chief executive with effect from 1st April this year.

His appointment was announced today by Douglas Oakervee, executive chairman of Crossrail who will now take up the new post as non-executive chairman.

Following Parliamentary approval of the Crossrail Act in July last year, the status of Cross London Rail Links company has changed from that of a planning and promotional organisation to the delivery agent – Crossrail Ltd - for the new east-west London railway.

Oakervee said: ‘Rob Holden’s appointment is good news for Crossrail and a further significant step for the project. Rob brings exceptional experience in delivering major projects, most recently with High Speed One. I am delighted that Rob will be at the helm as Crossrail moves into the critical construction and delivery phase of the project.'

Holden said: ‘Crossrail is a massive project and one that brings enormous benefits for London, the South East and the whole of the UK. It will deliver fast and frequent services across the Capital, linking the important business hubs of Heathrow, the West End, City and Canary Wharf. When it opens in 2017 Crossrail will provide an additional 10% to London’s rail-based public transport capacity.‘

Crossrail also announced further appointments to the project’s senior executive team. Transport for London’s talent and resources director Valerie Todd has joined Crossrail, David Allen will join Crossrail from Laing O’Rourke, where he is finance director, on 2 March.