Govt plan to link North with South runs into divisions

The government has unveiled the second phase of its multi-billion pound project to link the capital with cities in the Midlands and North by high speed rail.

The government promises journey times on routes from Birmingham to Manchester and from Birmingham to Leeds will be slashed and thousands of jobs will be created.

But critics say its proponents are exaggerating the economic benefits and risking environmental vandalism.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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High speed rail route revealed

The routes of high speed rail links to cities in the north of England have been unveiled in a move that will cut journey times and what the Government hopes will act as an "engine for growth" for the economy.