Campaigners seeking to stop the Government's HS2 high-speed rail scheme took their fight to the High Court this morning.
The government gave the go-ahead for the new line earlier this year in the hope that it will cut journey times from the capital to Birmingham to 45 minutes.
The route currently takes nearly an hour and a half. The high-speed rail link will reduce that journey to 49 minutes and should be up and running by 2026.
The route will cross an area of natural beauty, so long tunnels will be used to reduce noise levels and the impact on people living nearby.
Phase two could see the route extended to Manchester and Leeds by 2032.