SO HS2 is not just a high speed train, it is also a gravy train.

We already knew the eye-watering estimate for this white elephant scheme – £42.6bn – would inevitably rise before a shovel hit the ground.

And now the project boss is planning to hire 30 people each on more than David Cameron’s £142k salary – so a minimum of £4.2m – this despite the coalition government saying public servants should not earn more than the Prime Minister.

Many hardworking council employees have lost, or are losing, their jobs because of austerity cuts.

They’ll doubtlessly be thrilled to know that the money saved on their wages is going to fund these senior HS2 jobs – on top of the £600,000 already being paid to the chairman and £750,000 to the chief executive.

The Government can always find money when it wants, including this vanity project, which will never deliver the promised northern economic boom.

Paul Nuttall, Northwest MEP, UKIP deputy leader.