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"Prime Minister David Cameron has said the HS2 rail project is an "absolutely vital programme" as MPs approved funding to prepare for the project.
Some Conservative MPs voted against the the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill, but it easily cleared the Commons, moving the controversial rail line a step closer to becoming a reality.
The legislation releases funds to pay for surveys, buy property and compensate evicted residents. MPs backed it by 350 votes to just 34."