Transport Secretary Patrick McGloughlin today said HS2 will "deliver growth and jobs across the country".
At a speech at the Institute of Civil Engineers he responded to backlash earlier this week that the train will take business away from the regions.
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Mostly dry and sunny, with the odd shower.
Sunny spells and a few showers Thursday.
Several cars have been submerged after a water main burst in the Black Country, turning a road into a river.