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HS2: Phase one of high-speed rail line gets go-ahead

A controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham has been approved by the government.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening has announced extra tunnelling for sections of the 100-mile (160km) link in response to environmental concerns.

This first phase of High Speed Two (HS2) could be built by 2026.

The government says it is needed to cope with overcrowding, but opponents are considering legal action which could delay the scheme.

Richard Westcott reports.

  • 10 Jan 2012
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