The government has given the go ahead for £32bn high-speed rail project

Transport Secretary Justine Greening says the scheme will provide prosperity for the country.

The government announced today plans to go ahead with HS2 high-speed rail scheme, stating that the £32.7 billion project would be a good investment for the whole country.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening faces a long battle with her opponents who argue that there is no viable economic case for the project.

Greening announced that the high-speed rail, which will take commuters from London to Birmingham in just 45 minutes, will be completed by 2026. The second phase of the scheme is set to be completed by 2033, connecting Manchester and Leeds.

Greening also said the project would provide new jobs, growth and prosperity for the entire country.