Commenting on David Higgins’ new report ‘Rebalancing Britain; from HS2 towards a national transport strategy’, Ailie MacAdam, Bechtel’s Managing Director of Rail (Global) and member of the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders, said:

A modern, integrated and high speed rail network is vital to Britain’s future prosperity. Improving the rail services linking Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool, connecting their businesses and markets, is also crucial to rejuvenate the north of England and rebalance the economy.

As demand for rail travel continues to rise, now is the time to invest in a new and improved rail network. The High Speed Rail Industry Leaders welcome the ongoing development of plans around both HS2 and potentially HS3, and we look forward to contributing to the debate.