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.
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