TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed as "absolutely vital" the go-ahead for the next phase of High Speed 2 (HS2).
Phase 2A of the rail project - from the West Midlands to Crewe - was given Royal Assent earlier today.
Cortes, the transport and travel union boss, said: “This is very welcome news because HS2 is absolutely vital for our country in so many ways. I’m delighted that those living in the areas which will be part of Phase 2A are going to see the long-term economic and green benefits of this major project.
“Make no mistake every step forward on HS2 is an important moment for Britain’s railways. High Speed rail will deliver a state-of-the-art railway and bring much needed capacity to our creaking infrastructure.
“When it comes to high speed rail Britain is decades behind our European neighbours and other countries. Now we must see HS2 not only completed in full, as planned, but extended all the way to Scotland."