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Beacons lit in protest at high-speed rail plans

People from communities along the proposed route of a high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London have lit beacons in protest.

The move came as the government launched its consultation on the plans, which would cut journey times between the two cities to about 50 minutes.

Opponents argue that the £17bn scheme will be a waste of money and that updating the existing West Coast mainline would be a better investment.

But Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said the high-speed line (HS2) would mean a £44bn boost for the UK economy.

  • 28 Feb 2011