When it comes to a ‘coalition of chaos’, you won’t beat HS2

UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today expressed her ‘frustration and disappointment’ after Theresa May insisted she remained absolutely committed to the HS2 rail project.

Mrs Seymour said: “The Prime Minister wants to paint herself as a strong leader – yet her stubborn support for this white elephant project is an example of ducking a massive issue which will cost Britain tens of billions of pounds that we can’t afford to be spending.

“When it comes to a coalition of chaos, HS2 is the perfect storm; multiple public-funded organisations on the gravy train, a budget which even some of Mrs May’s own MPs now admit could top £200 billion, and no fewer than 17 different PR agencies involved.

“But it doesn’t matter how many spin doctors are recruited to try to convince people there’s a need for HS2 – they won’t find a compelling business case which is backed up by hard evidence.

“The election campaign was a perfect opportunity for the Government to pull in the reins on this project, and hold those people who are spraying around taxpayers’ money like confetti to account.

“But instead, Mrs May has put the interests of the big organisations making huge sums of money out of HS2 ahead of the needs of the existing railway infrastructure, which is crying out for investment after decades of under-funding.”

Mrs Seymour added: “HS2 has never been needed, and the economic case has never been justified. It will never pay its way, and will always be a burden on the taxpayer.

“And the HS2 line will tear up large parts of our countryside, and wreck the lives of people in many rural communities. It will benefit only a small minority of travellers, yet all British taxpayers will have to foot the bill.”