HS2 gets a new director general

The government has picked a mandarin to oversee the controversial High Speed 2 rail link. David Prout, who is currently a director general in the Department of Communities and Local Government, will take a similar, newly-created role at HS2 in the new year. Prout’s appointment comes as the coalition tries to fend off a string of judicial review applications over its plans for a high speed train service.