We are delighted to announce the appointment of HS1 Ltd’s Mattias Bjornfors to our board of directors. Bjornfors brings almost 20 years of experience as an economist in infrastructure and regulatory industries. Within his current role as Strategy and Regulation Director at HS1 Ltd, the operator of St Pancras International, Stratford, Ebbsfleet and Ashford Stations, and the high speed rail connection from London to the Eurotunnel, Bjornfors is responsible for business development, customer relationships, and regulatory processes. This includes the PR24 regulatory review. Before joining HS1 Ltd, Bjornfors was the Head of Economics and Regulation at Gatwick Airport Ltd.

His extensive expertise and knowledge, notably in relation to the successful operation of HS1, will provide invaluable economic guidance to the HSRG, ensuring it continues to advocate effectively for the development of high speed rail in the UK. Bjornfors will also be instrumental in planning for high speed rails’ future and emphasising the economic benefits of advancing infrastructure developments beyond Birmingham, and ensuring these initiatives remain a priority on the Government’s agenda.

HSRG promotes and supports the successful delivery of a world-class high speed rail network across the breadth of the UK, hoping to positively impact people, businesses and communities.

The Group, which brings together expertise in engineering, operations, funding and regulation, has recently outlined its five recommendations for the next Government in its new report, High Speed Rail: Exploring the Potential. If implemented, these would allow the UK to deliver the new capacity and connectivity which it desperately needs to grow sustainably.

Commenting on the appointment, Mattias Bjornfors said:

“It is an honour to have been appointed to join the HSRG Board of Directors. The industry is currently in a period of uncertainty and controversy surrounding recent decisions on HS2, and I welcome the opportunity to use my background as an economist to offer a different perspective to the Group.

“Ahead of the upcoming election, it is imperative that HSRG continues to highlight the need to drive economic growth and transform prosperity and productivity across the UK.”