Britain cannot afford HS2, says UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said Britain "simply can't afford" the £50 billion bill for the proposed High Speed 2 rail project.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says Britain cannot afford the High Speed 2 rail project Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He said his party had "more common sense" than political rivals which support the scheme, and instead called for existing lines to be upgraded.

"We recognise that the country's skint and we simply can't afford to spend £50 billion on a project that will only benefit a small percentage of travelling customers in this country," Mr Farage said.

Mr Farage, an MEP, was speaking as the start of UKIP's European parliamentary election campaign in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, one of the towns directly affected by the proposed HS2 routes.