By Jaimielee Rendall: Councillors and MPs from across the region are set to discuss proposals for a high speed rail link with the capital.
The government are currently considering whether or not to pursue the HS2 project which would link the north and London through Stoke-on-Trent.
The £17billion scheme has been met with criticism from environmental groups and residents living near the proposed route.
The panel for the debate at Hartshill Medical Conference Centre will include the leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Mohammed Pervez, Geoffrey Robinson MP, Tristram Hunt MP, leader of Staffordshire County Council Cllr Philip Atkins and Guardian columnist Julian Glover.
The debate begins at 7pm tonight (November 4).