Andy Byford is spending his days focused on the twin challenges of getting the long-delayed, over-budget line open slightly ahead of the latest estimate, while encouraging passengers back onto the Tube and buses.
The official timeline is for Crossrail’s central section linking Liverpool Street, Abbey Wood and Paddington to open in the first half of next year.
Trial running has begun with four trains an hour and Mr Byford is driving his team daily to get the £19 billion line open as soon as possible, with December 24 earmarked as a possible opening date.
However testing has to increase to 24 trains an hour with the final integration of the software that allows trains to communicate with the signals.
However, each stage requires sign-off by the Office of Rail and Road regulator, and the nine new stations are only gradually being completed.
Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild told the London Assembly: “Trial running is vital to unlocking the pathway to passenger service.”