HS2 go-ahead expected today

THE DEPARTMENT for Transport is today expected to give the thumbs up to High Speed 2, the £32bn project which will link London with the north by high speed rail.

Justine Greening will also reveal measures to soften the worst effects of the planned railway, which has been criticised in the belief it will disrupt communities, blight the Chilterns and cost taxpayers dearly.

First proposed by Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis in 2010, the first phase of HS2 will allow passengers to commute between London and Birmingham in 49 minutes.