The Government should appoint a special HS2 minister, says a report from the growth taskforce for the £50 billion high-speed rail project.
The new minister would ensure growth and regeneration around HS2 remained a priority, the taskforce said.
Led by Lord Deighton, the taskforce said the scale of HS2 was "without precedent" and "could catalyse far-reaching economic and social benefits, particularly to the cities of the Midlands and the North".
Lord Deighton, who like HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins played a key role in delivering the London 2012 Olympics, made a reference in the report's foreword to a line from the cult film Field of Dreams.
This report makes clear that we must not take a 'build it and they will come' attitude to HS2. It is up to all of us to make the most of this unique opportunity."
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