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HS2 boss to be quizzed as Parliament comes to Manchester

04 Nov 2014

The boss of HS2 will come to Manchester to be quizzed by MPs on 17 November, as a Parliamentary Select Committee evidence session is held at the University for the very first time

As part of Parliament Week, policy@manchester and the Faculty of Humanities will be hosting a one-off update evidence session with Sir David Higgins, Chair of HS2 Ltd.

The committee, chaired by Liverpool MP Louise Ellman, will question Sir David for 90 minutes about progress on the proposed new high speed rail project. The session is a great opportunity to see the work of a select committee in action. There are a limited number of public places available for the public gallery.


To apply for a place:

It’s believed this is the first time in the University's history that it has hosted a Parliamentary Select Committee evidence session.

To mark the occasion, an evening public debate on the benefits of HS2 to the North is planned.

Working with Select Committees

Policy@manchester will also hold a ‘Working with Select Committees' session on Monday, 17 November for internal researchers and academics. This will provide insight and advice from Transport Select Committee staff on how select committees work and how best to engage with their work and influence government policy. The session will run from 10am to 12 noon (venue to be confirmed).


To book a place, email: