New HS2 boss Sir David Higgins says his argument to win support is "what's the alternative?".
Higgins: "Transport is the centre to all forms of regeneration... In the south it's about capacity, in the north reconnectivity."
Higgins adds that HS2 will fail if it's a political football and believes it can be cheaper if it's built quicker.
More top news
Winds slowly easing, some showers at first.
The 33 year-old victim was cycling to the shops when he was the victim of the unprovoked attack by three men.
A Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has said he deliberately caught HIV after years battling depression.