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Report: Economic benefits of HS2

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.

Campaigners question the benefits of HS2

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.

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Rush hour rail delays continue

Thousands of rail travellers have faced lengthy delays today after a major fault on the East Coast main line. A kilometre of overhead wiring was brought down by an engine last night.

It left two hundred Yorkshire bound passengers stranded overnight at Kings Cross station and delays for passengers which will reach into tomorrow.

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