HS2 go-ahead sees mixed reaction

The go-ahead has been given for the first phase of a high-speed rail line, linking London and Birmingham.

Approval has been given to stage one of HS2 despite a huge campaign by those who say the £33bn project is a waste of money and bad for the environment. Some opponents have said they may now seek judicial review.

Explore the map below to find out more about people's objections and what the government has done to try to mitigate the impact of the line.

See detailed maps of the entire route on the Department of Transport website: High speed rail route maps