HS2’s managing director for phase two of the £55.7bn line is to leave the company to become programme director on Canada’s $40bn Metrolinx project.
Paul Griffiths, who joined HS2 as development director in 2015, was promoted to managing director of phase two in September last year.
He was responsible for working with central government and local stakeholders in the planning and development of the line north of Birmingham.
Mr Griffiths also prepared the hybrid bill for the phase 2b part of the line from Birmingham to Leeds and Crewe to Manchester.
He will leave HS2 in December, with the client now looking for a successor.
CN reported yesterday that the hybrid bill for phase 2b of the line would be delayed by up to a year by the government.
Mr Griffiths is leaving HS2 to lead the programme management team on Canada’s Metrolinx investment programme.
Metrolinx is said to represent the biggest transport investment in Canadian history, and aims to improve transport links from the centre of Toronto to its neighbouring municipalities.
Mr Griffiths’ career prior to HS2 included a five-year spell at Mace up until 2005. He also held director positions at West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive, Centro and Transport for Greater Manchester.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Phase two has come a long way under Paul’s leadership.
“Phase 2a, the section from Birmingham to Crewe, is already in parliament and is on course to receive royal assent next year.
”Phase 2b, the section from Birmingham to Leeds and from Crewe to Manchester, is well advanced in terms of its preparation for parliament, particularly how it integrates with the existing network and the plans of Northern Powerhouse Rail.
“The working draft environmental statement for 2b will be published later this autumn.
“We are grateful to Paul for the progress he has made with phase two and wish him and his family well in their new adventure.”