High speed rail causes concern for farmers.

The Farmers Weekly reports that farmers helped light dozens of beacons last night in a protest against the proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

The public consultation into the Govt's proposed HS2 route was launched yesterday and local campaign groups, farmers and other people opposed to HS2 chose the same evening to protest against the project.

Ministers claim bringing Birmingham within 49 minutes of London would redraw Britain's economic map by creating jobs and spreading prosperity.  The plan has angered farmers and conservationists who claim it would split farms in two and carve up the countryside for little benefit.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said Britain's transport network should not be left behind while other countries improved their rail infrastructure.

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