The government has announced an extension to the controversial HS2 rail route.
The proposed route has angered people living in the Thames Valley as they are concerned about the impact on wildlife and property prices.
The extended route will now extend from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "We have to move with the times as a country. We can't keep relying on Victorian infrastructure for 21st Century Britain.
"We can't keep turning a blind eye to the north-south divide in our economy. That is what this high-speed project is all about.
"Of course there'll be people who don't like one or other aspect of it but if we really want to build for the future, so that our children and grandchildren have a future fit for the 21st Century, we've got to get moving."
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