Boss of delayed and over-budget HS2 project rakes in colossal salary of £625,000

Mail Online | 1/23/2020 | Daniel Martin for the Daily Mail
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The boss of HS2 earned more than any public servant last year – as it emerged more than 500 officials take home more than the Prime Minister.

Mark Thurston, chief executive of the project, earned £625,000 – over four times more than Boris Johnson.

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In total 518 civil servants earned more than £150,000 last year. That is 5 per cent more than the previous year, and comes despite Mr Johnson’s plea to cut waste in Whitehall.

The list includes 48 people working at HS2, the group building the controversial high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham. And 78 of them worked for Network Rail – up from 70 the year before.

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John O’Connell, chief executive at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘These figures are staggering and beyond the wildest dreams of many Brits.

Network Rail provides the second and third most well-paid civil servants – chief executive Andrew Haines is on £590,000 and chief finance officer Jeremy Westlake is on £420,000.

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This is despite the fact that it has been blamed for not carrying out engineering work properly, causing delays. It was announced earlier this week that it is being investigated for its poor performance on routes used by train operators Northern and TransPennine Express.

Rail regulator, the Office of Rail and Road, said it had put the state-owned firm ‘on a warning’ in relation to its work in the north-west and central region.

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The ORR said performance deteriorated in 2018, when delayed engineering works contributed substantially to the timetable chaos that led to thousands of Northern services being cancelled or running significantly late. Although the industry vowed to learn their lessons, the regulator said performance had failed to substantially recover during 2019.

Of the top 20 people on the list, 12 are from Network Rail and three are from HS2. Others include officials from Highways England, the Nuclear Decommissioning...
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