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High Speed 2 could "transform the region"

The task force for HS2 believes the project could transform the North West

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Taskforce calls for HS2 minister

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."

– Lord Deighton

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