Villiers was pathetic on Today friday.
I'm pretty sure that the allegation is true that they're only opposing these talks to get the support of a few constituencies along the route. The plans will be published, the route will go through some areas the Tories want to win so they'll come out on the side of the local people against the government. The issue will get pushed back and back and be delayed more than necessary.
It's a case of short-term political gain getting in the way of a proper decision which needs making.
The fact that it's the (evil) Tories doing it makes it no better or worse than if it was anyone else. But the Tories are evil