"Subsequently, if the Government decides to proceed with HS2 through this area, we will conduct extensive environmental assessments of the effect of the line during building and operation - and how these could be reduced or avoided - as is happening now on Phase 1 of the route between the West Midlands and London.
And if this route is chosen HS2 Ltd will undertake design work for landscaping and earthworks as the project proceeds."
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.