Local businesses and residents are hopeful that the HS2 rail will use an underground tunnel and protect existing wildlife areas. If the tunnel goes ahead, it provides a solution for the new high speed railway link as the countryside will remain largely unaffected.
Juliette Fletcher has been to find out how the HS2 plans affect those living near the proposed line.
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