From today commuters in the Midlands will pay higher rail fares as prices increase across the country.
Train and coach operators have advised passengers to check before they travel today, with limited services running for New Year's day.
An influential group of MPs says the DfT has failed to present 'a convincing strategic case' for HS2.
A protest march against the proposed HS2 trainline has been held in South Staffordshire.
People from the Colton and Kings Bromley areas walked ten miles of where the high speed railway line is planned to travel, carrying 73 balloons to represent the estimated £73 billion cost.
John Sadler, from the Kings Bromley Stop HS2 campaign group, said it would cause "devastation" to the countryside.
People in South Staffordshire opposed to the HS2 train line are staging a protest march today.
Villagers from the Colton area, near Rugeley, will be walking a ten mile route carrying 73 balloons, representing the £73 billion figure quoted recently as estimated rail line costs rise.
The same group of protesters recently hired a crane to demonstrate the height of a proposed embankment near to their homes.
World record-setting engine, the Mallard, was the "high point of achievement" for British steam locomotive industry, a campaigner has said.
Henry Cleary, from the Mallard Grantham Partnership, told ITV Central why he felt the Mallard was so special.
World-record setting steam locomotive Mallard is at Grantham Station this weekend as part of the town's Story of Speed festival. It's 50 years since the locomotive was last in the town.
Mallard broke the world record at Stoke Bridge near Grantham in 1938, hitting 125.88 mph, a record which still remains unbroken.
The Midlands town of Grantham in Lincolnshire is expecting thousands of visitors when the fastest ever steam locomotive, Mallard returns to the town after a 50 year absence.
The event is part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the 126mph speed record set by Mallard just south of Grantham at Stoke Bank on 3, July, 1938.
This weekend the steam locomotive Mallard will be the star attraction at Grantham Station. In the summer of 1938 she sped past the town setting a new world speed record.
Today business leaders from across the country gathered for a sneak preview of this famous engine and an insight into some of the opportunities Lincolnshire has to offer. But for many the next few days celebrating the 'Story of Speed' can't come soon enough.
It's almost two weeks since Nottingham railway station closed for a one hundred million pound refurbishment. Today, Network Rail said it is on schedule to finish the work on August 25th. Buses are replacing many train services while the work goes on.
Network Rail is confident that the £100 upgrade to track and signals in Nottinghamshire will provide huge benefits despite weeks of disruption ahead.
Justin Page, Route Master for the East Midlands, said when finished, the work will mean shorter journey times, more trains and a more reliable service in the county and throughout the region.
These are the first pictures of work being carried out during a major project to upgrade the rail network in the East Midlands.
The five weeks of works include the closure of Nottingham station, the relaying of track and replacement of signals on the Robin Hood line to Mansfield.
These images show the state of Mansfield Junction today.
It's being reconfigured as part of the £100m railway regeneration, which aims to increase line speeds and improve train services through Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.
The first fortnight of major improvement works to rebuild the railway system around Nottingham remains on schedule.
Nottingham railway station is closed until the 25th of August.
Network Rail is confident the work will finish on time.