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HS2 appoints new phase 2 boss

HS2 phase 2 managing director Paul Griffiths 3to2

High Speed 2 (HS2) project promoter HS2 Ltd has appointed Paul Griffiths as its new phase 2 managing director, replacing Alison Munro who retired at the end of August.

Griffiths started at HS2 Ltd in 2015 as phase 2b development director leading the team developing the routes for phase 2 from Crewe to Manchester and from Birmingham to Leeds. He will take up the new role on 18 September.

Griffiths studied civil engineering and began his career with British Rail, before becoming a director at West Midlands passenger transport executive, Centro. He later joined Transport for Greater Manchester where he led the development of light rail systems and other capital infrastructure investments.

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: “I am really pleased that Paul will be our new managing director phase 2, and he is a welcome addition to the HS2 executive team. During his time with the company, Paul has been instrumental in helping us to get the designation of the route to Leeds and Manchester.

“With his knowledge and understanding of the programme, he is exceptionally well placed to continue the detailed route design and bring the benefits of HS2 to more places in the Midlands and the North.”

Griffiths added that he was proud of what had been achieved so far and was looking forward to taking the project further.

“HS2 will transform the economic geography of the country, serving over 25 stations and connecting around 30M people,” he said. “I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far, working with communities and stakeholders right across the country.

“We’re now focused on taking the next Bill through Parliament and continuing the work of developing the rest of the route.”

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