Nothing has changed – we still can’t afford to pay for HS2

Published Jun 03, 2015

Jill_Seymour.jpegTransport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is ‘delusional’ if he thinks the general election result was an endorsement of the HS2 rail link, which will pile billions of pounds onto Britain’s debt mountain. That’s the view of UKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, who accused the Tory government of totally ignoring people whose homes stand to be destroyed by the £55 billion-plus route. Her comments follow a speech made by Mr McLoughlin in Leeds, when he confirmed high-speed rail and the creation of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ remained a priority.

Mrs Seymour, an MEP for the West Midlands, said: “Mr McLoughlin is delusional in thinking that winning the general election is down to the support for HS2. He totally ignores the valid views of individuals who have already lost value on their properties and left them, in some situations, feeling desperate. Nothing has changed these past few weeks. HS2 still has no proven business case, and the eventual cost of the project is anyone’s guess – it seems to go up every week.

“The comments made by Mr McLoughlin prove that the Tory government is still not listening to those affected by this line, and doesn’t care about racking up a debt which will take generations to pay off, and which Britain simply cannot afford.”

UKIP has always maintained that the HS2 ‘vanity project’ should be scrapped.

Mrs Seymour said: “It is destroying people’s lives and their communities. There are still unanswered questions on plans and costs, and yet it is still moving forward against public wishes. It will only be supporting a minority, at the expense of the majority.

“What passengers want is an affordable, comfortable, reliable and efficient rail network system that delivers from south to north, and east to west. We already have a network in place, but it is desperate for improvement.”

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