Transport secretary in the spotlight after HS2 contract is derailed

The transport secretary and the chairman of HS2 must face MPs to explain the crisis at the top of the government’s high-speed rail agency.

Chris Grayling and Sir David Higgins have been summoned to appear before the transport committee to explain the fiasco around the appointment of an external project manager for the high-speed rail link that led to the winning bidder withdrawing and one of the underbidders threatening to take HS2 to the High Court.

News of the inquiry came as HS2, with months of complex tenders ahead of it, tried to get back on the rails by announcing a competition for four stations on the first phase of the line.

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