West Midlands UKIP MEP calls to stop HS2 over derailment fears

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A West Midlands MEP has called for work on the controversial HS2 rail link to be halted after an expert's report highlighted serious safety concerns.

It is claimed that unpublished Government research reveals that the line's trains are at serious risk of derailment when travelling at top speed.

UKIP's Jill Seymour said: "The Government is determined to railroad this scheme through as quickly as it can, but it cannot brush this report under the carpet.

"HS2 should be halted immediately until a comprehensive study has been carried out to address the points raised in the report. Maybe then, our blinkered Government may finally see the folly of the project.

"The cost of HS2 has already spiralled out of control at well over £50 billion. This is money that the UK simply can't afford to spend.

"The only other option would be to reduce the speed of the trains – which defeats the point of building the HS2 line in the first place. Frankly, it's an organisational shambles."

HS2 has denied there are any safety issues with the line.

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