HS2 on track says new Transport Secretary

The HS2 line runs through the Chiltern Hills Credit:

Hopes of a Government change of policy over HS2, the new high speed rail link through the Thames Valley, have been dashed after the new Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MP's the scheme would go ahead.

The £32 billion proposal will see a new line from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. It would pass through Wendover and Aylesbury heading just north of Bicester and Banbury.

Campaigners hoped the new Transport Secretary would review the project.

But being questioned by the Transport Select Committee he insisted building the line remained Government policy and would go ahead. He said details of the route that would take the project north of Birmingham would soon be announced.

The Government say HS2 will create thousands of jobs and boost the economy. Those against say it has no business case and would ruin precious countryside.