HS2 boss Sir Terry Morgan expects to be sacked within weeks
The chairman of Britain’s biggest infrastructure project has told Sky News he expects to be sacked within weeks.
Sir Terry Morgan has been chairman of HS2 since August.
He also became chairman of London’s delayed Crossrail project in 2009.
He is expected to leave within weeks after a series of problems raised doubts about his performance, the Financial Times reported.
Sir Terry confirmed to Sky News that he expects to be asked to leave.
HS2 is the government’s £55.7bn planned high-speed rail network aimed at connecting London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds.
But critics say it is too expensive and environmentally damaging.
Crossrail, which will carry passengers from Paddington to Canary Wharf in 17 minutes, has been plagued by funding shortfalls and delays.
Last week the National Audit Office said it had launched an investigation into the project.
Sir Terry is a former BAE Systems and Land Rover executive with extensive rail industry experience, having run Tube Lines, a company responsible for maintaining and upgrading London Underground’s Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
A transport department spokesman said it “did not comment on speculation nor on personnel matters”.
Manuel Cortes, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said: “It was always nuts to have one person responsible for heading up both these enormous infrastructure projects. More so now that both are not on target.”
Stop HS2 Campaign manager Joe Rukin said: “The bottom line is that HS2 is a mess, it’s always been a mess, and imagining that this is the fault of a man who has only been in charge for four months is a delusional attempt by politicians to absolve themselves of the reality that it is their lack of scrutiny and objectivity that is responsible for HS2 being a disaster.”