Jan 28 2013 By Jack Abell
GEORGE Osborne says that the HS2 project is a 'vital engine for growth' following the announcement of the route the second phase of the scheme will take.
Details of the route running north from Birmingham have been revealed and show that the project will have five stops at Manchester, Manchester Airport, Toton in the East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds.
The route has been revealed despite the judgement from December's judicial reviews into the first phase of the project not having yet been made.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: "As a country you have got to make those long term choices.
"If our predecessors had not decided to build the railways in Victorian times, or the motorways in the middle part of the 20th century, then we wouldn't have those things today.
"You have got to commit to these projects."
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has also given his backing to the scheme.
However, it has also been announced that the Heathrow spur, which would link the line with Heathrow Airport and would have passed through part of Denham, has been put on hold.
The government says it will wait until 2015 when the Davies Commission report into air transport is complete before making a decision on the spur from the line to the country's main airport.
For more details and reaction to the news, see Thursday's paper.