Sunday, February 5, 2023

New boss to take over Lower Thames Crossing project

JACOBS vice president Alan Seywright is to take over as interim project director on the £6.8bn Lower Thames Crossing, following the departure of Tim Jones reports NewCivilEngineer.Com

Seywright was the project director of the Queensferry Crossing during its development stage. He was also project director for the design team during the development phase of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

A Highways England spokesperson said: “We have begun the process of recruiting a permanent project director for the Lower Thames Crossing. In the meantime we have appointed Alan Seywright as the interim project director. Alan has a proven record in working with governments to deliver complex, transformative infrastructure projects and therefore possesses the critical expertise required to guide the project over the coming months.

“He is supported by a strong, integrated, Highways England and Cascade Joint Venture team. A permanent successor will be announced in due course.”

Former Lower Thames Crossing project director Tim Jones is leaving the post after two years, where he took it through the design and public consultation phases.

Highways England is also set to submit a development consent order (DCO) application for the road project beneath the river Thames later this year and said Jones believes now is the time to let somebody else take the project forwards.

Seywright is also a former assistant chief road engineer in the Roads Directorate of the Scottish Office.

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