Rail firm pulls out of Leeds HS2 project

The engineering firm handed a £170 million deal last month to develop Phase 2b of HS2 has announced it is pulling out of that section of the project, amid alleged conflicts of interest.

CH2M was chosen by HS2 Ltd last month to deliver two stretches of the high speed rail line, from Crewe to Manchester and from Birmingham to Leeds.

But the contract signing was delayed as officials were reportedly investigating concerns from rival bidder Mace that there may have been conflicts of interest.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/transport/rail-firm-pulls-out-of-leeds-hs2-project-1-8465135

Minister plays down aborted Yorkshire HS2 deal that ‘stunk to high heaven’

CHRIS Grayling has sought to play down the significance of an engineering firm walking away from a £170m contract to bring HS2 to Yorkshire, following allegations of conflicts of interest.

The Transport Secretary said American-based CH2M had chosen to “take a step back” from the project and that the company was not guilty of “some massive misdemeanour”.

But shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald claimed the situation “stinks to high heaven” as a Tory MP said no more HS2 contracts should be awarded until a full inquiry is undertaken into what happened.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/minister-plays-down-aborted-yorkshire-hs2-deal-that-stunk-to-high-heaven-1-8467239

Firm steps down after being offered HS2 contract

AN ENGINEERING firm given the contract to develop HS2’s proposed high speed rail line from Birmingham to Leeds has pulled out of the project.

CH2M was given the £170 million contract last month but there have been allegations of a conflict of interest between it and HS2.

HS2’s previous chief executive Roy Hill was a former member of staff at CH2M, as was the current incumbent Mark Thurston.

It is understood that investigations have taken place by officials after rival contract bidder Mace complained.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,firm-steps-down-after-being-offered-hs2-contract_22084.htm

HS2 chief disembarks for a job at Oxford

The man in charge of High Speed Two for the past four years has quit. The departure of David Prout, a top mandarin at the Department for Transport, for an administrative job at Oxford University comes as the delivery of HS2 threatens to descend into crisis.

Mr Prout, director-general of high speed rail in the department, has announced his departure a month after it was revealed that his boss, the DfT’s long-serving permanent secretary Philip Rutnam, is off to the Home Office.

Mr Prout’s exit follows hard on the heels of HS2’s most damaging episode to date. This week CH2M, its preferred project manager for phase 2 of the £55 billion scheme, withdrew amid a row over conflicts of interest.

Read on… http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/hs2-chief-disembarks-for-a-job-at-oxford-7g99kv98t

See also: The Battle Over HS2 https://rotherhampolitics.wordpress.com/the-battle-over-hs2/

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3 Responses to Rail firm pulls out of Leeds HS2 project

  1. trambuster says:

    “Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd’s new chief executive, is a former CH2M employee, as was his temporary predecessor Roy Hill”

    Well, well, well, here we ago again, all aboard the gravy train – say hello to Driver Friggins, he’ll help you climb on board.
    Chooo chooo!

  2. Xinsider says:

    Oh my – it’s all going tits up !! Now there’s a surprise !

  3. Colin Tawn says:

    The relationship between CH2M and HS2 had a very bad smell from the start and millions of £’s spent on (cosy) contracts before a single rail has been laid.
    ‘In the two years to March 2014 HS2 Ltd has spent £384,000,000 of grant aid from taxpayers. What is remarkable is that after such a high spend the balance sheet of the company doing all that spending shows zero net assets. The best part of £400 million has gone and the company has nothing to show for it of more permanent value that gives us some net assets on its balance sheet.’
    http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2014/08/12/hs2-where-has-all-the-money-gone/

    Meanwhile the National Audit Office has stayed remarkably silent over this squandering of taxpayers money. What are they for if not to oversee public spending?

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