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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.
New HS2 boss Sir David Higgins says his argument to win support is "what's the alternative?".
Higgins: "Transport is the centre to all forms of regeneration... In the south it's about capacity, in the north reconnectivity."
Higgins adds that HS2 will fail if it's a political football and believes it can be cheaper if it's built quicker.
- The new boss of HS2 was also former chief executive of the UK's Olympic Delivery Authority
- Sir David takes over as chairman from Doug Oakervee who announced he will be standing down at the end of the year
- Sir David Higgins will get an annual salary of £591,000
Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins is to take over next year as chairman of HS2 Ltd, the body tasked with developing the HS2 high-speed line, the Department for Transport said today.