HS2 a direct line to growth, says Transport Secretary
A controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham has been given the go-ahead by the government.
This first phase of High Speed Two could be running by 2026, later extending to northern England.
Extra tunnelling along the 90-mile (140km) first phase has been introduced in response to environmental concerns.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening says the new link will bring a wide range of benefits.
10 Jan 2012