Green light for fastest UK rail link
The Government has approved construction of a controversial high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, despite opposition from many residents along the proposed route.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening said the 140 miles line, known as High Speed 2, would be "the backbone of a new transport system for the 21st century".
She insisted the £32bn project should go ahead despite tough economic times.
"No matter how hard times are we cannot stop investing for the future," Ms Greening said.
The new trains will travel at 225mph and shorten journey times between London and Birmingham from almost 90 minutes to 49 minutes with an extra 4.5 million passengers travelling by rail rather than air.