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7:24am 12th July 2011
(Updated 1:06pm 12th July 2011)

Buckinghamshire County Council's leader is in London today - giving evidence in the case AGAINST High Speed Two.

Martin Tett will be representing a dozen local authorities who are against the scheme - and offering their reasons to the House of Commons Transport Committee later.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Tett up-loaded up-loaded a video to You-Tube this morning, to offer the reasons why the County Council are firmly in the NO camp.

After today, the public have just 17 days to submit their views.

Meanwhile, some business leaders and authorities like Birmingham - have published an open letter of support  demanding HS-2 is allowed so it can be a spring-board for investment in the UK.

To see Martin's video, click HERE

Meanwhile, Birmingham City Council say High speed rail will reshape the economic geography of the UK and help close the North-South wealth gap by creating new economic prosperity.

In the West Midland Authority's submission to today's hearing, they say the 250mph trains will transform travel times to and from the capital, making the Midlands more attractive for firms wishing to relocate from “overheated” London and the South-east.

Council leader Mike Whitby says in an introduction to the submission that HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to provide a 21st century high speed transport system linking London to the cities of the Midlands, and in a second stage extending the line to Manchester and Leeds.

Supporters also say HS2 would free up capacity on the existing West Coast Main Line (WCML), resulting in more commuter and freight services.

HS2 Quainton

Although construction costs of the London-Birmingham line are £17 billion, when revenue from fares is taken into account the net cost falls to £10 billion, according to Government figures.

The project is expected to generate £2.10 of economic benefits for every £1 of public money spent.

A recent survey suggested 60 per cent of respondents supported high speed rail.

An artists impression (left) of the HS-2 line at Quainton.

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