Mace airs frustrations over probe into £170m HS2 contract

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Mace complained over the contract being handed to CH2M in February. (Source: Getty)

The engineering firm behind a complaint over a £170m High Speed Two contract has bemoaned slow progress on a procurement probe.

Mace launched a complaint in February, citing possible conflict of interest after senior personnel moved from CH2M to HS2 ahead of the deal being announced.

And this weekend a Mace spokesman told City A.M: “It is right and proper that HS2 are taking our concerns over conflict of interest and tender process seriously. However, it is taking a significant amount of time for HS2 to conclude their investigations.”

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HS2 slammed the brakes on the £170m contract over Mace’s concerns.

“The matter remains under discussion. We will let people know when those discussions conclude,” an HS2 spokesman said.

Any decision is expected to require the input of transport secretary Chris Grayling.

Grayling and HS2 minister Andrew Jones are due to meet representatives for the rail project next week.

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