DfT Appoints Independent Construction Commissioner for HS2 Phase 2a

The Department for Transport says that Sir Mark Worthington will oversee HS2 Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe in his role as independent construction commissioner.

Mr Worthington has been working in this oversight role for Phase 1 of HS2, an appointment made to improve the rail infrastructure project’s accountability. The role involves Mr Worthington overseeing the decision-making between Hs2 Ltd and contractors, ensuring that any issues that arise during the construction process are handled fairly.

HS2 route map

HS2 route map

The independent construction commissioner will also give homeowners and businesses along the HS2 route access to impartial advice. With the extension of his brief, Mr Worthington will be responsible for managing issues and relationships between HS2 Ltd and individuals or bodies with regards to both the construction of Phase 1, which runs from London to Birmingham, and Phase 2a, which continues onwards to Crewe.

He will work with communities, businesses and individuals along Phase 2a of HS2 to improve engagement between contractors and local communities. His main area of work will be in resolving complaints relating to construction issues and giving members of the public advice on how they can raise concerns with HS2 Ltd.

Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister, said:

“The Independent Construction Commissioner adds important oversight to this project by ensuring there is a constructive and positive relationship between HS2 Ltd, its contractors and local communities. It also ensures all building-related decisions adhere to best practice, as set out by the department.

“I have no doubt Sir Mark will continue his impressive work as Commissioner, helping to develop constructive engagement between all parties and ensure HS2 is a good neighbour to all as it constructs this vital railway.

“Since being appointed as Commissioner for Phase One in 2018, Sir Mark has developed considerable knowledge on HS2 and its contractors, and his continued governance will provide the project with added stability as it progresses through the next stage.”

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