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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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HS2 boss defends scheme

Ian Jordan, HS2 Ltd Director for Leeds, Manchester and Heathrow, defended the scheme after a village in North Yorkshire said it would blight their community in a meeting tonight.

He said: "HS2 will generate jobs and rebalance the country's economy, delivering a return on investment that will benefit regions like Yorkshire.

"Wherever practical, the route has been designed to minimise potential impacts on people and properties as well as important environmental features.

"The Government and HS2 Ltd will continue to work closely with communities and interested parties to refine plans to find the right balance between delivering essential infrastructure and respecting the rights and concerns of those most affected.

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