Phil Gaffney and Ian Brown will take up roles on 1 April

Crossrail Limited has announced two new appointments to the Crossrail board.

Phil Gaffney, former managing director of Hong Kong MTR, and Ian Brown, former managing director of TFL London Rail, will join the board on 1 April.

When completed Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east - bringing an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of central London.

Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan said:

“I’m delighted that Phil Gaffney and Ian Brown will be joining the Crossrail Board.

“Phil Gaffney has a wealth of experience from overseeing the operation of the Hong Kong MTR, one of the world’s busiest metro systems, and has extensive knowledge of delivering major infrastructure improvements and procuring new rail signalling technology.

“Ian Brown has vast railway experience and has successfully overseen the major upgrade and expansion of the Docklands Light Railway and London Overground including the £1bn transformation of the East London Line.

“His knowledge of railway operations in London and the south east is unparalleled.”