Minister appointed to oversee HS2

MP Andrew Stephenson has been appointed minister for HS2 – the controversial planned high-speed rail link to connect London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The Pendle politician was already the rail minister with responsibility for the Transpennine and Northern Powerhouse Rail routes.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be appointing a minister to “restore discipline” to the HS2 project.

It has been heavily criticised for its spiralling costs, but backers say HS2 is needed to help stimulate the national economy.