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On 17 November 2014, HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins gave evidence at an untelevised House of Commons Transport Select Committee meeting at the University of Manchester.

A highly implausible target: 98% of HS2 work to be done by UK businesses

A highly implausible target: 98% of HS2 work to be done by UK businesses

He “made clear he would not sign a contract extension as chairman of HS2 beyond 2015 unless his demands for funding and political support were met”, the Financial Times reported (paywall).

[‘HS2 chairman threatens 2016 walkout’, Andrew Bounds in Manchester, FT, 17 Nov 2014]

[…] Asked by MPs on the Commons transport committee on Monday how long he would continue in the job, he said his two-year contract ran until January 2016. An extension “is not in my gift”, he said, before adding: “I want to see what progress we make in the next calendar year. I would want to see that the government would carry forward [the plans].

[…] The southern section would require about £2bn of funding annually, the same as London’s Crossrail, while the northern section would need even more, he said. HS2 will spend £230m this year and can spend a total of £1bn until phase one receives royal assent, expected in 2016.

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November 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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