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HS2: Contractor rejects tier two role on phase one The boss of a major contractor has rejected working for HS2’s phase one joint ventures because it would mean serving in a tier two role.

Delays and departures as yet another infrastructure project goes off the rails Sir Terry Morgan’s decision to step down as chair of HS2 and Crossrail should set an example for the transport secretary.

North 'betrayed' over HS2 Liverpool extension The Treasury was accused last night of betraying the north of England after it emerged that officials had promised £7bn for regional rail services only to withdraw the offer one working day later.

Constructive HS2 talks with Government says chamber of commerce Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has held "positive and constructive" talks with the Minister for HS2 to call for high-speed trains to stop in Cumbria. Under current proposals, HS2 trains between London and Scotland will pass through the county without stopping, forcing passengers from Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to change at Preston.

Down the Procurement Pub with Queen, Odgers, Brexit, the NHS, HS2 and Miley It's not often we can show you a CIPS Past President and Companion of the Bath dressed up as Freddie Mercury, but here we have Mr David Smith, FCIPS CB, ex Commercial Director at the DWP, performing the other Friday in a special Queen tribute evening at the Hare and Hounds, Claygate.

Here's looking at you HS2: Is the project already in trouble? - Real Business However, engineers are trying to work out how they can facilitate the preparation stage of the project before the real works even begin. Some believe that HS2 will cost a lot more than the estimated £55.7bn set out for it.

Parish council's strongly worded protest over HS2 CULCHETH and Glazebury Parish Council has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling for action to stop the closure of Wigshaw Lane to make way for HS2.

Carmel Harrison: Scrap HS2 vanity project and invest the money in rebuilding the North's rail services HS2 hit the buffers again this week as it was announced that Sir Terry Morgan, the scheme's chairman, had resigned following days of reports that he was about to be sacked. This came after bosses at the beleaguered rail project confirmed that construction is to be put back to June next year, while costs continue to escalate to eye-watering levels.

HS2 northern construction timeline revealed Key details about construction of HS2 Phase 2a between Birmingham and Crewe have been revealed following the release of HS2 Ltd information papers.

Council raises concerns about HS2 route through Nottinghamshire Several concerns have been flagged up by Nottinghamshire County Council about the planned high-speed rail line, which passes through and stops in the county. In October, rail bosses launched a consultation on the environmental impact the line was going to have.

World's largest rail test facility could open in Leeds Leeds is one step closer to having the largest rail test facility of its kind in the world. WEST YORKSHIRE: State of the art rail hub a 'game-changer' and 'catalyst' Leeds is one step closer to having the largest rail test facility of its kind in the world.

Terry Morgan resigns from Crossrail and HS2 Terry Morgan has resigned as chairman of Crossrail and HS2, days after it emerged the government was preparing to sack him due to concerns over mounting costs and delays at two of the country's most expensive infrastructure projects.

Crossrail and HS2 Chairman, Terry Morgan, steps down Sir Terry Morgan's resignation from Chairman of Crossrail Ltd and HS2 Ltd has been accepted by the Transport Secretary.

Campaigners slam 'shambolic' HS2 after boss axed Campaigners who oppose HS2 have hit out after the boss of the project resigned, calling the controversial rail scheme ‘shambolic’.

Ex-Atkins boss appointed HS2 chair after Morgan walks "I am looking forward to working with Mark Thurston, his team and our partners, getting ready for the next few years when we will be making significant progress on building HS2 for the future." Last week Sir Terry Morgan claimed that he expected the delays to Crossrail would cost him his job as chairman of both bodies.

Morgan "Sacked by Mutual Consent" as Chair of HS2 - and Crossrail After it was first reported last Friday that HS2 Ltd chair Sir Terry Morgan was going to be sacked, he has apparently resigned today. He is replaced by Allan Cook, former deputy chair of HS2 contractor Marshalls Group and former chair of HS2 contractor Atkins.

Is the HS2 rail project in trouble? That is why, he says, the UK needs high-speed rail links, such as the government's flagship HS2 programme, to take the pressure off commuter services and leave more room for freight.

Sir Terry Morgan resigns as chairman of Crossrail and HS2 Decision comes after he predicted he would be sacked from both roles ‘within days’.

Crossrail and HS2 chairman Sir Terry Morgan resigns "HS2 is the country's biggest infrastructure project and, with his wealth of experience, Allan Cook CBE is the right person to oversee the project as it progresses towards full construction." The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "I would like to thank Sir Terry for serving as Crossrail chair since 2009.

HS2 and Crossrail chairman resigns Sir Terry Morgan, 70, has been involved in London's Crossrail project for the past decade and took up the HS2 role just four months ago. He told the BBC this week there was disappointment at Westminster about the delays affecting Crossrail. The Elizabeth Line had been due to open in December 2018.

Crossrail and HS2 Chairman steps down The Transport Secretary and Mayor of London have today accepted the resignation of Sir Terry Morgan as Chairman of Crossrail Ltd. The Transport Secretary has also accepted his resignation as Chairman of HS2 Ltd.

Train line connecting Kirkby to Toton could reopen as part of HS2 plans Plans are being put together to reopen a train line which could connect Kirkby with the yet-to-be-built high speed 2, which will stop at Toton. Initial costings have suggested the project would cost around £10 million, and would give more than 100,000 people fast access to the new high-speed line.

Completing HS2 provides our best opportunity to rebalance UK economy The project is so much more than just a railway line, it's a catalyst for growth, regeneration and inward investment.

Sir Terry Morgan steps down as chairman of HS2 and Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan has resigned as chairman of HS2 Ltd and Crossrail projects. The transport chief, who was described as 'world class' when he was appointed just four months ago by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, admitted last week he thought he would be sacked.

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