We are delighted to welcome Mark Wild to his new role as chief executive of HS2. His track record delivering Crossrail marks him out as outstanding candidate for the delivery of the project, which even with recent changes remains the most important infrastructure project in the UK.

HS2 from London to Birmingham creates a platform to build the better connected Britain the country desperately needs for our future prosperity. We believe the next government should build on this with a clear long-term plan to address the rail capacity crunch north of Birmingham, transforming connectivity across the Midlands and North of England.