While all other parties are rallying around this £70 billion waste of time, UKIP wants to make clear the other, less heard, side of the argument about HS2.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage says: “The Government may talk about regeneration and the importance of linking cities in order to create jobs outside London, but high speed rail projects elsewhere have shown that in actual fact it simply leads to more people migrating to the capital city to work, rather than vice versa.
"It will extend the commuter belt to London beyond Birmingham.
“Many people will never even benefit from High Speed railway and there are lots of people who will actually be blighted by it. People will find homes devalued while swathes of the countryside will be destroyed for no good reason. Many people will simply not be able to afford the fares. The project lines the pockets of the construction industry.
COUNTIES AFFECTED BY HS2
West Yorkshire (Leeds)
“HS2 will not boost economies in the North. Far from it. It is a loss making scheme. Instead the UK should invest that massive amount of money in developing better infrastructure, including transport between and within towns and cities. This is where the real potential for development lies.
“The UK is supposedly taking painful austerity measures with huge cuts to services and infrastructure, yet the Government is adamant on spending £70 billion on a service that will only benefit the richest in society.
"This meant that £1 billion is likely to have been spent on HS2 before a sod of earth is cut. That is a billion pounds going straight into the pockets of lawyers, planners and consultants before you have even invested in a yard of track.
“There has been a lot of spin and a lot of propaganda about HS2. But I am sure if people knew the facts, they would most certainly not be in support.”