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HS2 Ltd

Jonathan Crone and Colin Morris join HS2 delivery team

2 -- 14 January 2015
source HS2 Ltd
type Press release

With just two years to go till construction is scheduled to start on the UK’s new north-south rail line, HS2 ltd has moved to bolster its Programme and Strategy Directorate with two new senior appointments.

Jonathan Crone will join as Director of the Programme Management Office, while Colin Morris will join as Programme Delivery Strategy Director. Both will report directly to HS2 Director of Programme and Strategy, Alistair Kirk.

Jonathan Crone has joined HS2 from Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd where, as a Divisional Manager, he led a multi-disciplined team delivering project controls and integrated reporting on major oil and gas projects around the world.

With over 30 years’ experience on major infrastructure projects, both in the UK and overseas, including project management of Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport, Jonathan will take responsibility for HS2’s Programme Management Office.

Colin Morris has joined from EC Harris. With over 26 years’ experience in both Programme, Project Management and Engineering, Colin has extensive experience of leading major change and urban regeneration programmes in the UK and abroad, including senior roles at Halcrow and the Ministry of Defence.

At EC Harris, Colin led the work with the Saudi Government on a number of high profile projects, including new multi-modal transport systems in Jeddah and the delivery plans for twelve new FIFA 45,000 seat stadiums across the kingdom.

Commenting on the appointments, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Simon Kirby said:

“I’m really pleased to welcome Jonathan and Colin to the team. HS2 will soon become one Europe’s largest infrastructure projects and their experience of delivering highly complex projects on time and on budget will be essential as we prepare for the start of construction in January 2017.”


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Notes to Editors:

High Speed Two (HS2):

The Government gave the go ahead for a UK High Speed Rail network, called High Speed Two (HS2), on 10 January 2012.

HS2 will be a Y-shaped rail network providing direct, high capacity, high speed rail links between London and Birmingham and onto Manchester and Leeds. HS2 will improve capacity across the rail network, shorten journey times between Britain’s major cities, boost the UK economy and create tens of thousands of jobs.

In 2012, HS2 Ltd submitted proposals to the Secretary of State for Phase Two of the project from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester. The Government announced its initial preferred route for Phase Two on 28 January 2013 and the public consultation on these proposals ran from 17th July 2013 to 31st January 2014. A decision on the final route for Phase Two will be made in 2015.

The HS2 hybrid Bill for Phase One of the new railway between London and the West Midlands (effectively the planning application for the scheme) was deposited in Parliament on 25 November 2013.

MPs debated and approved the second reading of the High Speed Rail (hybrid) Bill in the House of Commons on 28 April 2014. MPs voted 452 to 41 to agree the second reading of the Bill.

HS2 Ltd is the company responsible for developing and promoting Phase One of HS2 and is undertaking the engineering, design and environmental work for this. Parliament will need to give permission to build and operate HS2 through a specific type of bill, called a hybrid Bill.

HS2 ltd is a company wholly owned by the Department for Transport (DfT)

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