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.
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