The first phase of the high speed rail project, HS2, reached another significant milestone today.
The Government announced it has protected the proposed route from any new development which would conflict with the aim to build a railway line.
The Department for Transport calls it 'safeguarding'. It also helps people living on the route to apply for compensation.
Our transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson reports.
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.