Over the last couple of months the HS2 project has come up against a number of obstacles.  The parting of the CEO, rumblings of value engineering and changes to timescales and planned routes have had much impact on public perception with some saying that a green light may never be given. 

Today's news will be welcomed by many. With Government backing confirmed, not just to phase one but the additional routes north of Birmingham linking Manchester and Leeds. Businesses, small and large across the UK and further afield will be breathing a sign of relief. 

With so much investment already committed to the design and enabling works and the amount of money spent by firms to position themselves for potential future awards. The ball is now well and truly rolling and the coming months will determine the winner and losers.