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HS2 rail chief Terry Morgan faces sack over spiralling costs

HS2 rail chief Terry Morgan faces sack over spiralling costs

The chairman of HS2 is facing the sack less than five months after his appointment because of fears that costs are spiralling out of control. Sir Terry Morgan is also set to be removed as chairman of Crossrail, relieving him of leadership of two of the UK’s highest-profile infrastructure networks. The move, first reported in…

The chairman of HS2 is facing the sack less than five months after his appointment because of fears that costs are spiralling out of control.

Sir Terry Morgan is also set to be removed as chairman of Crossrail, relieving him of leadership of two of the UK’s highest-profile infrastructure networks.

The move, first reported in the Financial Times, represents an embarrassing setback for the transport secretary, Chris Grayling.

Theresa May is expected to move against Morgan, whose pedigree Grayling described as “world-class” when he appointed him to HS2 in July. A source said that Morgan was expected to leave both posts within weeks.

It is thought that both Grayling and the chancellor, Philip Hammond, had declared they had no confidence in Morgan’s leadership and urged May to remove him.

Downing Street, the Department for Transport and HS2 declined to comment.

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