Campaign for Better Transport thinks HS2 will only take money out of the region and widen the North-South divide.
David Thornhill told ITV News Central that 'HS2 will not help the region'.
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Remaining cold with sunny spells and further scattered rain and sleet showers.
Another cold feeling afternoon. There will be a scattering of wintry showers, but snow mainly confined to hills.