Mark Leftly: The track isn't built yet but the gravy train is running
Mark Leftly is political correspondent at The Independent on Sunday and associate business editor across the Independent titles. He writes a weekly column, Parliamentary Business, published on a Wednesday, that covers politics and the City. He is a multi-award winning reporter and was named Press Gazette's business magazine journalist of the year prior to joining The Independent on Sunday.
Friday 14 March 2014
Westminster Outlook Sir David Higgins publishes his much-anticipated report into revamping High Speed Two on Monday. The Aussie saviour of London 2012 will try the same trick by cutting £1.5bn of costs from the £50bn railway.
Braying MPs up and down the proposed London-to-Birmingham route are ready to point out that a 3 per cent saving is next to pointless. But a parliamentary answer this week showed that the consultancy Atkins is working on more than £40m of contracts, while CH2M Hill has already received £35m. A small part of HS2's budget, yes, but still an awful lot of money.
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