Business leaders from the North West have joined a panel set up by the government to look into the impact of the proposed High Speed 2 rail project.
The government believes HS2, which is expected to slash journey times between London and the north west, will create thousands of jobs.
However campaigners have protested about the lasting effect the proposed line will have on the enviroment.
Lord Deighton ,Commercial Secretary to the Treasury
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