About

Crossrail International (CI) is a specialist advisory practice, wholly owned by the UK government’s Department for Transport (DfT), that provides strategic advice globally to client organisations developing and delivering complex rail schemes.

Drawing on our own unique client focused experience, knowledge and lessons learned, we provide support to government agencies, public transport authorities and operators, funding organisations, and special purpose vehicle/entity (SPV/SPE) clients to help them set up, deliver and assure their projects to deliver better value for money.

CI’s robust advice and support helps clients successfully navigate the complex political, economic and social challenges and opportunities that large infrastructure investments face, unlocking the full potential of their rail infrastructure schemes, creating opportunities to drive sustainable growth, and delivering triple bottom line social, environmental and financial benefits.

Our Mission

Our mission, supported by the DfT as our sole shareholder, is:

Our history

CI was established on 12 September 2017 to enable clients globally greater access to the significant body of knowledge, skills and expertise that has been created during the lifetime of Crossrail, a new railway for London and the South East of England to be known as the Elizabeth Line, and one of the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK.

Our structure

CI is a UK Government ‘Arm’s Length Body’ wholly owned by the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is one of 24 Ministerial Departments and works with 24 agencies and public bodies. Our sponsor at DfT is Trudi Harrison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Crossrail train in tunnel and DoT logo

Board of Directors

CI is privileged to benefit from the independent oversight and judgement of three highly experienced non-executive Directors (NEDs) who play a key role in monitoring the company’s strategy and performance.

Keith Wallace has over 40 years of experience in the rail industry, including 20 years’ leadership experience at executive board level. He was appointed Chairman of Crossrail International in June 2021. Keith has held senior positions in the public transport sector, including the Merseyrail (Serco/Abellio JV), Serco Caledonian Sleeper and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchises and is currently a non-executive director of Dublin Bus and Scottish Autism.

Dr Michèle Dix CBE is a chartered civil engineer with over 40 years of experience in transport and land use planning, public transport and traffic engineering and research in the UK and overseas, ranging from strategy development to detailed scheme design and implementation. She is currently Managing Director of Crossrail 2, a proposed new US$39 billion railway route providing a North-South rail link across London, with responsibility for both developing the project, and gaining funding and powers for it.

Kamal Patel is a corporate finance specialist with over 20 years of public and private sector experience. He is currently Head of Corporate Finance at the UK government’s Department for Transport (DfT) with responsibility for leading a team of over 60 professional advisers covering corporate finance, real estate, and managing DfT’s delivery and commercial shareholdings.

Leadership Team

CI is led by Chief Executive Officer, Paul Dyson. Paul is responsible to DfT for the establishment and running of the specialist transport infrastructure advisory practice. A chartered civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in global infrastructure, he has extensive experience in setting up, running and assuring large-scale, multi-stakeholder infrastructure portfolios, programmes and projects throughout the Americas, UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

Paul is supported by a team that manages operations, marketing and business development, and government stakeholder relations, with the company’s core expertise provided by over 40 expert Crossrail alumni, all specialists in their respective fields.

Expert Advisers

CI’s unique insights are made possible through our specialist advisers who have held senior executive, management and technical roles on the Crossrail project. Our team of expert advisers draw on innovative delivery frameworks and accompanying tools and systems created during the life cycle of Crossrail, many of which are now recognised as UK ‘good practice’.

Our experts also draw on their extensive experience gained on other UK megaprojects, including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, High Speed 1 (HS1); Heathrow Airport Terminal 5; London 2012 Summer Olympics; Thames Tideway Scheme; and High Speed 2 (HS2), as well as many international megaprojects.

Expert advisers working in tunnel

Expertise

Our key areas of expertise provide a unique service offering, drawing on lessons learned from the Crossrail project and how, as a client organisation, Crossrail Limited dealt with the many challenges it has encountered.

Our expertise includes:

Facts and Figures

Crossrail, to be opened as the Elizabeth line, is the most significant addition to London’s underground transport network for 30 years, running from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through 42 kilometres of new tunnels under central London, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.  Some services are already in operation on the periphery of central London.

Crossrail is currently Europe’s biggest construction project beginning in 2009 and now moving on to the completion of the systems fit-out of the stations and tunnels, signalling systems, and the commissioning of the line’s rolling stock across 41 Elizabeth line stations, including 10 new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood.

New state-of-art trains will carry an estimated 200 million passengers a year. The new service will reduce journey times, increase the capital’s rail capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London.

Building upon experience from previous projects including High Speed 1 (HS1), Heathrow Terminal 5 and the London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail has developed world-class expertise in major infrastructure delivery from the initiation stage through to delivery and commissioning, and it is this expertise and reputation that Crossrail International is founded upon.

The project was undertaken in one Europe’s busiest and most complex cities, with a hugely complex stakeholder environment and over 40 work sites embedded within existing communities. Its management of stakeholder relations successfully kept London moving through nine years of construction – including its hosting of the 2012 Olympics – as work proceeded on the doorsteps of millions of workers, residents, tourists, businesses and homes.

Crossrail has delivered positive social, economic and environmental change to the communities along the route, as well as nationally. It is estimated that Crossrail will provide £42 billion of benefits to the UK economy and support the delivery of over 57,000 new homes along the length of the route.

The project has created over 1,000 apprenticeships, as well as built a tunnelling and underground construction academy (the only one of its type in Europe) to train its 14,000-strong workforce. In addition, it has built Europe’s largest man-made nature reserve in the Thames Estuary using spoil removed from its tunnels.

Innovation, good practice and lessons learned from the Crossrail project

Documented examples are available to all stakeholders 

Knowledge Sharing and Lessons Learned

Since its inception, CI has been hosting visiting delegations from interested international transport clients to view key features of the project. This initiative, which includes visits to view key features of the Crossrail project, is part of the increasingly active global knowledge sharing ethos that enables clients to exchange ideas, innovations, good practice and lessons learned, helping to improve the deliverability of major, complex infrastructure projects around the world – unlocking cities globally.

In addition to working closely with our UK partners, we are also afforded support from other related UK government departments and partnerships, notably the Department for International Trade (DIT); Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO); Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); UK Export Finance (UKEF), and Infrastructure Exports: UK (IE:UK), as they seek to help promote and finance British trade and investment around the world.

Canary Wharf station