New boss of high speed rail scheme through Yorkshire

HS2 High Speed Rail - map of phase one and two.
HS2 High Speed Rail - map of phase one and two.

A new boss has been appointed to oversee the high-speed rail link project.

HS2 Ltd has appointed Simon Kirby as chief executive. He joins from Network Rail, where he is managing director for infrastructure projects.

He will be tasked with leading a £5billion a year investment programme to improve the country’s railways.

The eastern leg of HS2 will extend high speed lines north-east from Birmingham to Leeds, with intermediate stations in the East Midlands and Sheffield.

Announcing Simon’s appointment, new HS2 chairman David Higgins said: “As I start my tenure as chairman of this essential project that will free up much needed capacity on our crowded railways, I am extremely pleased that we have secured Simon to run what will be the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, and one of the biggest in the world.“