Monday, 20 September 2021

Sir David to head up HS2 high speed rail project

NETWORK Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins is to take over next year as chairman of HS2 Ltd.

NETWORK Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins is to take over next year as chairman of HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd is the body developing the high-speed railway line between London and Birmingham, before being extended to Manchester and Leeds.

Sir David, who lives in Henley, will take over the £50bn project from Doug Oakervee, who is standing down at the end of the year. He has already announced he will be leaving his current £577,000-a-year post, which he started in February 2011, within the next year.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said Sir David’s appointment “ensures that we will continue to have leaders at the heart of HS2 who have a track record of delivery”.

Sir David was previously chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority and oversaw the development of the Olympic Park in Stratford. He was knighted in 2011 for services to regeneration.



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