HS2 embroiled in scandal over £170m contract

High Speed 2 is this week set to hand a controversial £170m deal to develop the rail line to the American contractor Bechtel, as more details emerge about alleged conflicts of interest on the £56bn project.

Taxpayer-backed HS2 Ltd was last week embroiled in controversy after another American contractor, CH2M, handed back the contract amid accusations of impropriety. The scandal has cast a shadow over Britain’s biggest construction project, which is due to be completed by the end of 2026.

The lucrative deal to develop the second phase of the line is understood to have collapsed amid accusations that a senior executive who defected from HS2 to work for CH2M had access to inside information. Christopher Reynolds was chief of staff at HS2 and is alleged to have drafted a key document while employed by HS2 that influenced the procurement and may have helped CH2M to win.

Read on… http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/hs2-embroiled-in-scandal-over-170m-contract-slrrb67jd

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


7 thoughts on “HS2 embroiled in scandal over £170m contract

  1. It’s time Mother Theresa got off the fence and ordered Chris Grayling-despite his pious words it is ‘a procedural difficulty’- to hold an inquiry into this debacle.
    HS2 is playing games with our money and this ‘difficulty’ is now IMV a calamity.


  2. The transport select committee has got its teeth into this.
    HS2 chairman David Higgins faces a showdown with the Transport select committee over the £170 million cancelled contract debacle. Transport committee chair Louise Ellman says she wants a session on the fiasco “as soon as possible”.


  3. @rr
    I don’t think it matters which link is used, what is important is that the TSC has taken up the reins to try and find out why this fiasco ever left the starting block.
    Shame on Grayling, I thought he had a spine.


  4. Vanity project still off track

    Time to shunt it and to invest into integrated and affordable public transport for the masses not the few

    Opening up access to our railways for communities

    More freight on rail and off gridlocked roads

    Building extra rolling stock instead of cattle trucks

    Please comment



  5. UPDATE:
    HS2 chairman David Higgins is facing a select committee bashing over the state of his beleaguered white elephant – and MPs would be forgiven for asking if he has taken his eye off the ball. Higgins is paid a £240,000 salary by the taxpayer for a three day week at HS2. What does he do the rest of his time? He is also the chairman of Gatwick Airport, a nice little earner and hardly a job that requires no attention. He is a director at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where his roles also include chairman of the bank’s Remuneration Committee and sitting on the Risk Committee. Kerching. Job number four is as a “senior adviser” at fund manager Global Infrastructure Partners. Higgins is no doubt enjoying George Osborne levels of success in the private sector.


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