|Link to Evening Standard|
"Nearly three miles of extra tunnelling under London and thousands of new jobs were pledged to buy off protesters, as the High Speed Rail line to Birmingham finally got the go-ahead today.
Backers say 20,000 jobs will be created at the major new Old Oak Common interchange near Wormwood Scrubs, saying it would do for west London regeneration what the Olympics is doing in the east.
"Mark Loveday, Hammersmith & Fulham's cabinet member for strategy, said:
"HS2 is the fastest way to deliver much need new homes, jobs and opportunities in one of London's poorest areas. It will unleash the creation of a new business hub bigger than Canary Wharf, bringing thousands of affordable homes and jobs to London."