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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