Boris Johnson has given HS2 the go-ahead, despite fears over its cost and impact on the environment.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that his Government had the "guts to take the decision" to deliver prosperity across the country.
HS2 is the only shovel-ready project that will also deliver much needed new capacity on the West Coast, East Coast and Midland main lines too. Four railways for the price of one. Four lines with more seats and more trains, all contributing to our country's low carbon future. pic.twitter.com/7ZChW0QkYg
— HS2 Ltd (@HS2ltd) February 11, 2020
To avoid "further blow outs" in HS2's cost or schedule, a series of measures will be taken to "restore discipline to the programme", he said.
This will include appointing a minister whose full time job will be to oversee the project, and changes to the way HS2 is managed.