The Managing Director for HS2 Phase Two is stepping down, it has been announced.
Paul Griffiths, who has been in his role for three years and has been responsible for planning and developing the route for HS2 Phase Two, will leave at the end of the year to take up a role on the Metrolinx program in Toronto.
Worth $40 billion, the Metrolinx program is the largest public transit investment in the history of Canada and the expertise of Paul will be vital.
He will take up a role as Program Director, leading the programme management team on the multi-billion dollar scheme.
Upon the announcement, the outgoing Managing Director of HS2 Phase Two described his work on the scheme as a “privilege.”
He said: “Seeing HS2 move considerably closer to reality has been a privilege and will always have a special place in my career.
“HS2 is vital for the future of Britain and I will always be proud to have been part of its development.”
The route for this phase of work will see a railway line constructed in two parts; the first from West Midlands to Crewe; and part two from Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to Leeds.
The announcement of Paul’s departure comes as the Department for Transport confirmed that the Bill needed to allow construction has been paused so that the northern section can be linked into the main east-west railway across the Pennines.
Sir Terry Morgan, HS2 Ltd’s Chairman, praised the contribution of Pal Griffiths, who will leave his role at the end of the year.
“Phase Two is critical to HS2’s goal of changing the economic geography of Britain, by bringing the towns and cities of the Midlands and the North closer together.
“Paul has played a vital part in moving that concept nearer to reality.”