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First phase of HS2 rail line set for go-ahead

A controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham is expected to be given the go-ahead by the government.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening is set to back the 100-mile (160km) link, which would be built by 2026 and is the first phase of High Speed Two (HS2).

The government says it is the only way to cope with overcrowding but opponents along the route are considering legal action which could delay the scheme.

Richard Westcott reports.

  • 10 Jan 2012