Debbie White, Daniel Levy and Ray O’Rourke feature in our collection of the year’s best quotes

Catch up on both parts of our 2019 review:


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The Ryanair option 

TfL boss Mike Brown on suggestions that HS2 might end at Old Oak Common, eight miles west of planned terminus Euston



Symptomatic of a culture that, while encouraging unchecked optimism, has also encouraged a denial of responsibility 

London Assembly report criticises bonus payments at Crossrail

Ray o'rourke

If you are asking me the question ‘am I leaving soon’, I hope not 

Laing O’Rourke chief executive Ray O’Rourke on his company’s succession plan


The past two years have been the most demanding of my professional career 

Interserve chief executive Debbie White announces she is leaving the business

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Your support has been much appreciated during a challenging but exciting time 

Spurs chair Daniel Levy tells fans the club’s new stadium was finally opening in April – eight months late


Crossrail thought the [train] trial running period would be a matter of eight or nine weeks. It’s actually nine to 12 months 

Chief executive Mark Wild gives a TfL board meeting an inkling into why Crossrail is so late


The big number is the exceptionals [but] they really do relate to legacy issues under which we’re drawing a big thick line 

Kier chief executive Andrew Davies on the firm’s £245m pre‑tax loss for the year



They don’t see this as a place they are going to get the returns they need for their investors 

EY’s UK head of construction Ian Marson on the problem banks have with contractors


I’ve had better weeks 

Simons’ executive chair Paul Hodgkinson following the collapse of the 75-year-old family business in October


He was very upfront, he led his team and he had a passion 

22 Bishopsgate developer Sir Stuart Lipton on Ashley Muldoon, chief executive of the builder Multiplex, who left last month