LEP Board Member joins High Speed taskforce

Published 1st August 2013 at 9:08am

LEP Board Member and Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore, has joined a Government taskforce set up to make sure that plans for high speed rail plans bring the biggest possible impact on the UK economy.

Cllr Julie Dore

Cllr Julie Dore

The newly formed group is called the HS2 Growth Taskforce. The Taskforce held their first meeting on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

The Taskforce is set to publish an interim report later this year, submitting its final report to government early next year.

The Growth Taskforce led by former LOCOG boss, Lord Deighton, includes leaders from British industry, business and academia.

Lord Paul Deighton

Lord Paul Deighton

The HS2 taskforce members are as follows:

  • Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Chair)
  • Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO, Manchester City Council (Deputy Chair)
  • Sir Albert Bore, Leader Birmingham City Council
  • Sir John Rose, former CEO Rolls Royce
  • Cllr Julie Dore, Leader Sheffield City Council
  • Neale Coleman, Mayor of London’s Adviser on Olympic Legacy
  • Frances O’Grady. General Secretary of TUC
  • Pete Waterman, Cheshire and Warrington LEP
  • Alison Nimmo, CEO Crown Estate
  • Prof Tony Venables, Oxford University
  • Cllr Matthew Colledge, Leader Trafford Council
  • Lorraine Baldry, Chair of London & Continental Railways

Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton said:

“HS2 presents a massive opportunity to boost growth in regions across the UK and it’s vital that we talk to business leaders, public sector organisations, local Government and the public about how we maximise the benefit to the whole of the country.

“I am delighted to have such a skilled team working with me on the HS2 taskforce.  They know the huge benefits large scale infrastructure projects can bring if they are done in the right way.

“I am confident that together we have the right blend of experience and expertise to make sure HS2 delivers its full potential in terms of jobs and growth.”

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