High speed rail: In your back yard?

Details have been announced of the preferred route for a high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London.

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A public consultation is underway on the plans, but work on the new track is unlikely to start before 2017.

The new link is designed to cut the journey time to 49 minutes from the current one hour and 24 minutes.

But there is expected to be some controversy about the detail of exactly where the new tracks should go.

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