Hundreds of campaigners against high speed rail plans for the Midlands met on Saturday to voice their opposition to the scheme.
Around 500 gathered at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire at an event organised by protest group Stop HS2.
A six month consultation on the plans, which would see travel times between London and Birmingham slashed to 49 minutes, is due to launched by the government next month.
However opponents to the £33 billion rail link say the development will destroy the environment for little benefit.
Lizzy Williams, chairman of the Stop HS2 organisation, said the Midlands would not benefit from the project.
“The business case (for HS2) does not promise economic growth that will benefit the country,” she said.
“It is London who will be the winner overall.
“What about Wales, what about the South-west, what about the rural economies?
“It relies on laughable passenger forecasts and takes no account of the changing world we live in.”
Jerry Marshall, chairman of the federation of action groups against the plans, said he would support the plans if they were in the national interest.
But attacking the business model behind the scheme he said: “As a businessman, I spent a couple of days going through the business case and I was shocked at what I found.
“There’s a lot of wool being pulled over our eyes and the case does not stack up. If Phillip Hammond took this to Dragon’s Den, he would be eaten alive.”