The development of a new High Speed rail line between London and the West Midlands has taken a step forward today.
The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has announced that the route is to be protected from future developments which may conflict with the planned rail line.
It allows people living near the proposed HS2 route from London to the West Midlands, living in the so-called 'safe-guard' area, to apply to the Government to buy their homes.
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.