David Mowat today welcomed the rally in support of HS2 held at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester and said that it indicated a high level of support for the project in the North West.
Mr Mowat was amongst 100 supporters, including the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, who attended the official "Yes" campaign launch in London last week and is due to attend a rally at Westminster on Wednesday.
Mr Mowat said:
"So far the HS2 debate has been dominated by a small but determined group from the South of England. It is important that we demonstrate the widespread support, particularly amongst the business community for this project.
"Commuters travelling from Warrington Bank Quay to Euston will begin to benefit from HS2 as soon as Phase One (London to Birmingham) is complete and connected to the West Coast Main Line. Initially, the line will use so-called "inter-operable" trains, capable of using both the new high speed line and then transferring onto the existing West Coast Main Line to run at normal speed. This will mean significant reductions in the travelling times."