David Cameron's father-in-law has attacked the HS2 high speed rail project between London and the Midlands.
Viscount Astor used a debate in the House of Lords to attack the plans. He said that companies already use internet conferencing to communicate and short journey times are therefore irrelevant to businesses.
The government's plans for the first phase of the line will cost £32 billion and would see ultra-fast trains running through Tory constituencies from London to Birmingham on a new line which could be completed by 2026.
An influential group of MPs says the DfT has failed to present 'a convincing strategic case' for HS2.
Campaigners say they hope to put plans for HS2 through the Midlands back to square one as they prepare to go to the High Court tomorrow.
Campaigners from HS2 Action Alliance are heading to London tomorrow to take on the Government at the Court of Appeal.