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HS2 rail link 'can be cheaper'

Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins is to take over next year as chairman of HS2. He says the project can be cheaper if it's built quicker.

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HS2 'vital for passengers & economy' says new boss

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

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