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It's had a rough ride from the start with opponents to the High Speed 2 rail link calling the 50 billion pound project a white elephant. And just this week a parliamentary report called for the line to be abandoned.
But today the Prime Minister launched what he called the "fightback" by the government over the scheme. Phase One of HS2 would cut through environmentally sensitive parts of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside linking London with the midlands.
And today a report was released claiming the project would boost Britain's economy by 15 billion pounds a year.
Mel Bloor speaks to Elaine Ainsworth, a Practice nurse at Mandeville Surgery, Rebecca Struckmyre, who has asthma, Transport Secretary Patrick Mc Loughlin MP and Transport Minister Simon Burns MP.
Video: The Transport Secretary has argued the economic case for the proposed High Speed Two rail route through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Patrick McLoughlin insists without HS2 key rail routes would be "overwhelmed" by rising passenger numbers. But, earlier this week, the Public Accounts Committee said it would cost more than originally estimated and wouldn't bring the promised economic benefits.
The Transport Secretary has defended the controversial HS2 high-speed rail project which has come under criticism from campaigners, Labour, and the public accounts committee.
Patrick McLoughlin said: "Any big major infrastructure project like this will led to criticism, of course it will. you're not going to build 350 miles of new railway and not have criticism.
"There is a sceptism with government ministers promising a glorious future which is some way a way down the line, unless we make these type of decisions now we don't get it."
The Department for Transport has been tweeting extracts from Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's speech about the HS2 high-speed rail project:
Britain's transport system will become "clogged" without HS2 and suffer under swelling passenger numbers, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will say in a speech later today.
HS2 will provide a £15 billion boost to the UK economy every year after it is built, the Government claims.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will argue the network will relived the pressure on Britain's transport system and insist the project will be completed within its £42.6 billion budget.
"The main reason we need HS2 is as a heart bypass for the clogged arteries of our transport system," McLoughlin will say.
Ministers are attempting to bolster support for the train link, which will connect London with Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, after it came in for withering attacks from the influential Public Accounts Committee.
According to analysis published by consulting firm KPMG, HS2 will generate the following:
- Birmingham's economy will be boosted 2.1%-4.2% of the city region's GDP.
- Manchester will grow by 0.8%-1.7%
- Leeds' economy will receive a 1.6% boost
- London 0.5%
The Transport Secretary is expected to argue the economic case for the proposed High Speed Two rail route through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire today. Patrick McLoughlin insists that, without HS2, key rail routes would be 'overwhelmed' by rising passenger numbers.