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Crossrail - Crossing the capital, connecting the UK - Douglas Oakervee, Former Crossrail Chairman




6.00pm Registration / 6.30pm Lecture / 8.00pm Networking and Refreshments

Series: Bridge Lecture Series organised in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Engineers

A joint lecture organised by City University London and the Worshipful Company of Engineers

For decades railway engineers have aspired to link the Great Western, Great Eastern and Southern Railways; at last this is to be achieved by Crossrail. The long struggle to obtain statutory approval to for its construction came when the Hybrid Bill put before Parliament in 2005 received Royal Assent 3½ years later with funding from both the public and private sectors.
Crossrail is the vital piece in a complex jigsaw to improve the capacity and service of London's transport network and with it all the challenges to provide the public with a world class affordable railway.
At the end, Crossrail's legacy must not be just a railway but to deliver a highly trained workforce capable of meeting the engineering and social challenges of the 21st Century.
Douglas Oakervee OBE, FREng, CEng, FICE, FIMechE, FCInstCES, FHKIE, FASCE is regarded as one of the country's most distinguished civil engineers with vast international experience in the delivery of major projects. He oversaw the  planning, design and construction of the Hong Kong International Airport.
Crossrail, under his leadership as the former Executive Chairman, gained parliamentary approval, obtained its £15.9 billion funding package, became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London and he laid the foundations for the critical construction and delivery phase.
Currently, in retirement, he is the Chairman of Laing O'Rourke Hong Kong Limited, advisor to the Mayor of London and the Chair of Engineers Against Poverty.
He was the 139th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was awarded their prestigious Gold Medal. He is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Engineers.

The Bridge Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 by The Worshipful Company of Engineers and City University London to provide a bridge between those who practice engineering and those who benefit from the services of engineers. The Worshipful Company of Engineers, formed in 1983, was granted a Royal Charter in 2004.  The Engineers' Company welcomes this opportunity with its 12th Bridge Lecture to strengthen further the links between the engineering profession, City University London and the City of London in general.

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12.00am - 12.00amWednesday 10th February 2010