Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has described today’s High Speed Rail announcements as “both disappointing and illogical.”
Consultation is drawing to a close on the route the government's proposed high-speed train line will take in the North West.HS2 will mean shorter journeys between the region and London.
MPs Simon Danczuk, Mark Hunter and Jake Berry discuss the scheme on tonight's Party People at 11.35pm on ITV.Our correspondent Andy Bonner has been to meet the company with the job of selling HS2 to the undecided.
Opponents of the proposed High Speed Rail link - or HS2 - say they're delighted an influential committee of MPs has heavily criticised the plan.
The idea of HS2 is to provide much quicker rail links between London and cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.
But the £42 billion scheme has come under attack from the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
Supporters of HS2 say it's vital for the region's economy in future years.
Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has more:
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said that those who need to sell their house but struggle because of the HS2 plans will still be helped and that he wants the line, "to create jobs and prosperity not to harm it."
"I understand how proposals like this can affect the property markets so compensation will be as generous as on the first phase, and more generous then when we built the motorways."
Transport Secretary says that the HS2 will be first main line north of London for nearly 120 years.
Patrick McLoughlin has told the House of Commons that it is not just about faster trains to London - but about how our greatest cities are linked.
Mr McLoughlin said he is determined that HS2 benefits will be spread much wider than just those places served by the line.
The Prime Minister says the money to pay for HS2 will need to come from 'a balance' between the Government and 'the train user' - but expensive tickets are necessary for 'Britain to be a success'. See the full interview above.
David Cameron was resolute when asked about Tory opposition to the HS2 project: "This is going to happen. I have been a strong supporter right from the start." The Prime Minister continued:
Network Rail has called the government's announcement of the HS2 extension a "game-changer" for Britain's railway network. Chief executive David Higgins said:
He added that Network Rail was already planning to ensure that HS2 would integrate with the existing network with as little disruption as possible.
Chancellor George Osborne said HS2 will be an "engine for growth" in the North and Midlands, and will create tens of thousands of jobs.
He acknowledged that communities along its route would face a "very difficult" disruption to their lives, but said the economic benefits were "pretty compelling". He told BBC Breakfast: