Approval for High Speed Rail line to cut through Daventry area

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THE controversial High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link between London and Birmingham, passing through the Daventry area, has been given the go ahead by the Government.

The announcement came on Tuesday morning. The Government says the line will help with overcrowding on the rail network, and boost the economy of the West Midlands.

However, opponents say the line lacks a sound business case, and that the money would be better spent on other transport projects.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening has announced extra tunnelling for sections of the 100-mile (160km) link in response to environmental concerns.

One of the areas announced for extra tunnelling was near Aston le Walls and Chipping Warden near Daventry.

See the Daventry Express on Thursday, January 12, for local reaction to the announcement.