The Government has been warned that the battle over HS2 is far from won.
MPs voted in favour of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill which allows funding to be allocated for the project.
But campaigners fighting the proposals for the line, which will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages, say their fight will go on.
Despite the Bill passing by 350 votes to 34, Joe Rukin from Stop Hs2 believes politicians are failing to respect the views of their constituents.
“We’re disappointed that while lots of MPs have said there is no blank cheque for HS2, that is exactly what they have voted for,” he added.
“The latest polling shows that HS2 is just another example of the disconnect between politicians and the public, with only 27 per cent of the public supporting Whitehall’s white elephant.
“They are not buying the spin that upgrading existing lines would be too disruptive.
“The public want value for money and rail services they can actually use.”
But Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the controversial project was “essential” for the country.
“It’s not just about journey times – it’s about capacity,” he said.
“The fact is, the West Coast Main Line is full. Every day there are thousands of people standing on trains who need to be able to sit down and work on trains.”
Lichfield’s MP Michael Fabricant had already said he would back the Bill, despite opposing the current plans for HS2.
He insisted that the release of funds was needed to ensure householders affected by the proposed route were able to claim compensation.