This year’s West Midlands Great Debate saw an almost total consensus among the audience over the realisation of the HS2 railway.
Majority of the people who took part in the event raised their hands when asked by debate chairman Evan Davis if they were in favour of the project.
But through the web and social media, against-HS2 campaign groups heavily criticised the event.
The event was organised by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and other professional institutes working in the built environment sector.
The project, which is planned to initially connect London Euston and Birmingham, has recently gone through the supervision of the Supreme Court due to alleged environmental impact assessment inaccuracies.
Watch the video of the debate or read the round-up below: