- A review last year looked into whether HS2 is on budget and value for taxpayers
- Results given to senior civil servant and spending watchdog, but not the public
- Ministers are under pressure to publish the findings amid claims HS2 could end up being most expensive railway per mile in the world
Ministers were under fire last night after suppressing a key report into HS2 overseen by the country’s most senior civil servant.
The review assessed whether the UK’s biggest ever infrastructure project is on budget and provides value for money for taxpayers.
It was led by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which reports to the Cabinet Office, led by Sir Jeremy Heywood.
A report into whether HS2 is on budget and provides money for taxpayers was concluded last summer, but the results have been kept secret (pictured, artist’s impression of HS2 terminal at London Euston)
The review was concluded last summer, before the legislation required to build the first phase of the high-speed railway, between London and Birmingham, received Royal Assent.
But although the key findings were relayed to Sir Jeremy Heywood and the government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, the report has never been published.
Sir Jeremy was nicknamed Sir Cover-Up after preventing the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War from seeing letters and records of phone calls between Tony Blair and George Bush.
The Government was last night under fierce pressure to release the findings after a rail expert warned that the London to Birmingham phase will cost £403million per mile to build, making it the most expensive railway in the world