Campaigners have accused the Government of jumping the gun by unveiling the proposed route for the second phase of HS2.
The line was unveiled earlier today (January 28) and will see the high speed rail line cutting through a number of villages surrounding Lichfield.
However, campaigners from the Stop HS2 group claimed ministers should have waited until the outcome of five legal challenges against the project was heard.
Joe Rukin from the campaign group said: “HS2 is the wrong investment at the wrong time.
“The country is supposedly bust, we are seeing cuts in services all over the place, but the Government wants to spend money on a train line which will only benefit the richest in society and line the pockets of construction lobbyists with vested interests.
“There are more holes in HS2 than a Swiss cheese, which is why the Government faced five legal challenges.
“To announce the route for stage two before the rulings on those judicial reviews is simply irresponsible.”