The Government has been accused in the Supreme Court of "cutting corners" to push through the HS2 national high-speed rail project.
The Government has hailed a "landmark victory" for its HS2 high-speed rail scheme, despite legal flaws in the consultation process.
At a cost of £33 billion, this train line is neither cheap nor very popular with those living along its route.
HS2 will make the region's train service worse according to the Taxpayers' Alliance.
They say the west coast main line's capacity could be increased quicker and for less and that train services in Sheffield could actually suffer.
The government came out fighting today in its campaign to win over those who doubt the benefits of the revolutionary high speed rail link from London to the north.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the £40 billion scheme would be a "heart bypass for the clogged arteries" of Britain's transport system.
But many aren't so sure that towns and cities here will benefit from HS2 - including those who'll live nearest to the track.
Chris Kiddey reports.
James Lynch from the So What campaign group
The government has come out fighting in its campaign to win over those who doubt the benefits of the new planned high speed rail link from London to Yorkshire.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the forty billion pound scheme would be a "heart bypass for the clogged arteries" of Britain's transport system.
But many of those who heard his words still aren't so sure that towns and cities here in the north will benefit from HS2 - particularly those who'll live nearest to the track.
Residents opposed to the route of HS2 in West Yorkshire have been lobbying councillors in Leeds today. They're from the 'So What' action group representing home owners in Swillington, Oulton and Woodlesford. They want the route of the line moved because they fear their homes will be blighted.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is expected to outline later how the HS2 rail link between London and Yorkshire will improve the economy in the region's towns and cities.
A business lobby group has called on the government to abandon its controversial high-speed rail project - labelling it a "grand folly".
The Institute of Directors said a survey found 70% of its members felt the project would have no impact on their business and that little enthusiasm for the project was shown, even in regions where the benefits are to be strongest. They called for a number of smaller projects to be considered.
Grimsby MP, Austin Mitchell, told members of the Public Accounts Committee last night that he saw no evidence that the £42 billion HS2 scheme would help to bridge the north-south divide.
Instead, he told the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Transport, Philip Rutnam, that he was 'trying to justify a policy, in principle, that was plucked out of the air,' (video below). Rutnam replied that it was an essential project as trains are filling up.
The first images of what the high speed bullet train could look like have been unveiled. The trains, which would run on the controversial High Speed 2 rail link, could travel at speeds of 225mph, reducing journey times from Sheffield to London to just 69 minutes.
As part of the design the trains could be fitted with touch screen computers allowing passengers to access the most update travel information as well as order food from the buffet.
A think-tank said in a report out today the demand for the HS2 link - which will connect Leeds to London - has been "overestimated".
– Spokesman for the New Economics Foundation - who published the report
"Demand for HS2 has likely been overestimated by oversimplified government modelling.
The foundation suggested alternatives for the money that will be spent on HS2: £10 billion could transform rail infrastructure in northern England and the Midlands, creating new and faster east-west rail links, redeveloping stations and electrifying regional rail lines
"It could overhaul the East and West Coast main lines, increasing the speed, capacity and reliability of north-south rail travel with less environmental damage than HS2."
– David Theiss, a researcher at the NEF,
"HS2 is the largest transport investment in the UK's history. At the moment it amounts to a £33 billion gamble.
"Our research shows the Government is backing the wrong horse. Instead of pouring billions of pounds into a single line that will take 20 years to complete we should be spreading our bets on a wider range of transport investments that offer better value for money."
Demand for the HS2 high-speed rail project has "likely been overestimated", according to a report by a think-tank.
Evidence HS2 will promote economic growth or tackle the north-south divide is "limited", the report - from the New Economics Foundation - claims.
HS2 will reduce the average journey time from central Leeds to London from 2 hours 20 minutes to 1 hour 28 minutes.
The report adds the line will be "carbon intensive and environmentally damaging".
In January 2012 the construction of phase 1 between London and Birmingham was approved. Construction is set to begin in 2017 with an indicated opening date of 2026.