Extra security for HS2 worksites now costing around £50 million

Additional security to guard HS2 construction sites from protestors is now costing £49 million.

The cost of extra security on HS2 is costing the high-speed rail project millions every year, it has been revealed.

Andrew Stephenson MP.

Answering a question from Dame Cheryl Gillan, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham Commons, HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “The costs for construction sites to operate safely, including, where necessary, the safe removal of trespassers, form part of existing contracts between HS2 Ltd and its supply chain.

“Due to the levels of protestor activity experienced, an additional £49 million of security costs across the HS2 project has been expended up to December 2020.

“The impact to the schedule of trespassers and, in some cases, concerted vandalism has not yet been fully assessed, but we expect this to be within the overall estimated cost range of the project.”

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