HS2 will go ahead, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just confirmed. 

The PM says the government will make changes to the way the project is managed, look for cost savings and will "restore discipline". 

He will reportedly appoint a cabinet minister to oversee the controversial high speed railway line. 

The news has been met with criticism from campaigners who fought to stop the project. 

In a joint statement from Buckinghamshire council leaders Martin Tett (Bucks County Council) and Angela MacPherson (Aylesbury Vale District Council), they said it was the "wrong decision - not just for Buckinghamshire, but the country". 

They said: "We have consistently opposed this scheme for over ten years.

"This is not just on environmental grounds but most importantly because the business case has never stacked up and still doesn’t.

"The cost of HS2 has sky rocketed since it was originally proposed just as we predicted.

"The astronomic costs to the taxpayer would be far better spent on improving commuter lines into our major cities and linking our northern towns and cities as a key part of levelling up the country as promised by the Government.

"The proposal in the leaked Oakervee Report to provide for a station in rural north Buckinghamshire is neither welcome nor wanted.

"We long ago argued that, if there were a station, it should be at Aylesbury to help existing residents - not one that would ruin the countryside."