Do you believe that HS2 should be built?

High Speed 2 (HS2) is the name given to a proposed fast railway connection linking London with Birmingham and the north of Britain. The first part is due to open in 2026 and the whole project is set to cost some £43 billion with £7.5 billion needed for the trains. This BBC news report shows the map of the proposed route.

Those in favour claim it will revolutionise our railways, create thousands of jobs, bring major cities closer together, generate investment in neglected areas and provide passengers with "an unprecedented travel experience".

But there is strong opposition in the form of a national campaign (Stop HS2) and other local organisations. Opponents fear the damage construction of HS2 will cause to the Chilterns AONB and other unspoilt rural areas of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. They also question the business case and say the money could be better spent reopening old railway lines.

It looks like 2014 will see a final decision on whether HS2 will go ahead. This April, we are looking into all the issues surrounding HS2 in a major article in BBC Countryfile Magazine and we want your opinions. Vote in this poll, leave comments and email us at editor@countryfile.com

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High Speed 2 (HS2) is the name given to a proposed fast railway connection linking London with Birmingham and the north of Britain. The first part is due to open in 2026 and the whole project is set to cost some £43 billion with £7.5 billion needed for the trains. This BBC news report shows the map of the proposed route.

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Those in favour claim it will revolutionise our railways, create thousands of jobs, bring major cities closer together, generate investment in neglected areas and provide passengers with “an unprecedented travel experience”.

But there is strong opposition in the form of a national campaign (Stop HS2) and other local organisations. Opponents fear the damage construction of HS2 will cause to the Chilterns AONB and other unspoilt rural areas of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. They also question the business case and say the money could be better spent reopening old railway lines.

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It looks like 2014 will see a final decision on whether HS2 will go ahead. This April, we are looking into all the issues surrounding HS2 in a major article in BBC Countryfile Magazine and we want your opinions. Vote in this poll, leave comments and email us at editor@countryfile.com