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Crossrail - Planning, Constructing and Operating a £15bn Railway


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Teddington Evening Lecture: The background, nature, programme and future operation of Crossrail, the future Elizabeth Line.

Date and Time

02 May 2018 - 19:15-21:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - London local network.

About this event

With about one year to go until the start of Elizabeth Line services that will transform travel across London, this lecture discuss the issues involved. The new line, which will transform transport in London with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys, is now just a relatively short time away. To mark the countdown, Transport for London (TfL) has released a 2018 Tube map with the Elizabeth line displayed. Its inclusion will be among the most significant changes to the look of the Tube map in recent decades.
This evening lecture will discuss the background, nature, programme and future operation of Crossrail, the future Elizabeth Line.

About the lecturer

Howard Smith, Operations Director – Crossrail, studied economics at LSE before managing train operations and stations in South and West London. In the 1990s he worked on Channel Tunnel services establishing joint ventures with Belgian and Swiss public and private sector partners. He became Managing Director of one of these joint ventures, operating rail freight services in France, Spain and Italy.
In 1998 Howard joined the Docklands Light Railway and lead the City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal Extensions, as well as planning the 3-car capacity upgrade. Howard moved to London Rail as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2004 where he has had responsibility for operations as well as successful delivery of a £3billion investment programme that created London Overground and upgraded the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) ready for London 2012 Games. Howard was heavily involved in the planning and delivery of the London 2012 Games and Paralympics when DLR and London Overground delivered record levels of performance whilst moving up to twice the regular number of passengers. Following the Games Howard joined Crossrail as Operations Director. Howard is responsible for leading the development of Crossrail’s operational and customer service strategy, defining the structure of the new railway’s operating and maintenance organisations as well as leading on the arrangements for the future Crossrail operating concession.


Evening Lecture: 19:15 for 19:30 start

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