In an admission that they have lost control of both the management and the costs of the £55.7bn project, HS2 Ltd are looking for two firms which will be paid £230 million between them, to manage processes and to try and keep costs under control.
Despite the fact that at the last count HS2 Ltd employed over 300 people on six-figure salaries, the company is now looking to outsource both cost control and programme management. The Commercial Management contract is worth £104.5m and tasks would include validating costs presented by HS2’s supply chain and ensuring commercial compliance with contractual agreements, whilst the winning Programme Controls contract bidder would provide cost and estimating services as well as ‘supporting the cost management process’ and be responsible for the ‘assurance of the overall baseline estimate’, at a cost of £125.5m.
Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin responded:
“The entire concept of needing to spend almost a quarter of a billion pounds of taxpayers money to try and make sure they don’t waste taxpayers money could only come from HS2 Ltd, as they waste taxpayers money every day on an industrial scale.”
“It is both laughable and truly depressing that the response from HS2 to the fact they are massively over budget is to throw even more money at the problem. The profligacy and waste at HS2 Ltd is now beyond parody, and someone in Government needs to stop this now before it is too late.”