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Politicians didn’t see adviser’s damning assessment of HS2

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Andrew Forster
03 August 2018
Damning words: report author Paul Mansell was embedded in HS2 for 18 months. The Government says it does not “recognise or endorse” his remarks
Damning words: report author Paul Mansell was embedded in HS2 for 18 months. The Government says it does not “recognise or endorse” his remarks

 

A damning assessment of the HS2 project was prepared by a Government-appointed adviser just two months before MPs passed the hybrid Bill for the phase one London-West Midlands line, a leaked report reveals. 

The confidential report from January 2017 rated the project as between ‘amber-red’ and ‘red’, and said HS2 was likely to go  over budget, which could have negative consequences for spending by other departments. The project was also likely to be judged a...

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