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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.

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Proposed HS2 route passes near Midlands beauty spots

The government's preferred HS2 route Credit: Department for Transport

The government's preferred route for the HS2 rail extension passes close to a number of natural beauty spots north of Birmingham including Shugborough Hall and the village of Great Haywood.

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