The new boss of the HS2 project today insisted he won't let the project become a political football. Sir David Higgins will be in charge of the proposed new high speed rail line that will link London with Birmingham and the North.
Previously in charge of the London Olympic authority -- he insists he can bring the project in on time and on budget.Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
I am delighted to be taking up this role. Working at Network Rail I know the challenges we have ahead with capacity on the railways - they are real and we need to take action now. I also know the significant benefits that improved journey times between our northern cities will bring not just to the north, but the UK economy as a whole.
HS2 is the right solution. It is vital for both passengers and the economy and will put the UK in a different league in terms of infrastructure. My first priority will be to rigorously scrutinise costs to ensure they remain under control.
HS2 presents a strategic opportunity for this country and I am determined to make sure we take it by delivering a railway that will allow business and communities to prosper in the long term
– Sir David Higgins, Chief Executive of Network Rail and New HS2 boss