Watch the LSE's professor of economic history, Dr Tim Leunig, and founder of high speed rail pressure group Greenguage21, Jim Steer, debate the pros, cons and economics of building new high speed rail lines.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has claimed that High Speed 2 (HS2) can act as a catalyst for increasing capacity at both Birmingham and Manchester airports, replacing the need for a third runway at Heathrow.
Backers of light rail schemes across the country were given a boost last week, when the government called on rail providers to table their proposals under a new Department for Transport (DfT) competition .
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