“Almost one in four HS2 employees are being paid more than £100,000 a year, it has been revealed.
The news comes despite the government insisting it is “keeping a tough grip” on the cost of the controversial project.
Some 318 people – out of the 1,346 employed on the new high-speed railway – are earning at least £100,000 in salary and perks, according to a information given to The Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
This number is an increase compared with the 155 who were paid six figures in 2015/16, the newspaper reported.
Some 112 people are receiving more than £150,000 annually and 15 have pay packets topping £251,000.
An HS2 Ltd spokeswoman said: “In a highly technical project of the scale and complexity of HS2 it is necessary to employ the right level of expertise and knowledge to deliver the programme successfully.
“As the project moves increasingly towards construction, as does our need for highly technical support increase.
“HS2 Ltd is committed to controlling costs and take our responsibility to taxpayers money very seriously, and the programme remains on track and within our funding envelope.”
The pay figures include salaries, bonuses and pension contributions. …”