High-speed rail link controversy

There is huge controversy over the proposed HS2 rail line with the Government claiming it is vital for the region's prosperity, but critics labelling it an expensive white elephant that could rip the heart out of some local communities.

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Residents' high speed rail fear

Residents in a small North Yorkshire community fear life will be changed for ever by the government's high speed rail link.

Church Fenton has just 700 houses, a Norman church, two pubs, and a post office. However, villagers fear all that could change after the long-awaited route for HS2 was unveiled yesterday.

And even the planning minister Nick Boles admitted today that the new route is likely to cause "pain, misery and disappointment" for local people. Chris Kiddey reports.

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