An influential group of MPs says the DfT has failed to present 'a convincing strategic case' for HS2.
Derby-based Bombardier have today signed a deal worth £180 million for carriages which will serve London's busiest commuter routes.
Amended timetables have been put in place during the re-signalling project at Nottingham station, find out if you are affected.
The Commercial Director of Bombardier UK has said Bombardier's new contract is "great news for the people of Derby".
A new train was unveiled in London today, as the firm signed a £180 million deal to provide 116 more carriages for use on Southern services.
"We've come out fitter and stronger," Des McKeon said about the company losing out to German firm Siemens in 2011, "we're bidding aggressively for more contracts."
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said today is a "very important day" for Derby-based train maker Bombardier.
The firm signed a £180 million deal to provide another 116 carriages for Southern, to be used on services through London.
In 2011, the company lost out to German firm Siemens to build new train carriages for its Thameslink route.
Speaking today Mr McLoughlin said: "I think Bombardier have put it behind then, there was disappointment and I shared that disappointment but there was an open process, an open contract, they didn't win that particular one."
A new contract has been signed for Derby-based Bombardier provide another 116 carriages for use on the Thameslink service through London.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today visited a train depot in Battersea to see the first of a new fleet of 130 carriages.
This is the second contract for Bombardier which is worth £180 million.
The Derbyshire Dales MP said: “London’s commuters deserve a first class rail network and comfortable modern trains, Southern is delivering that. This second order will also provide a further boost to the thousands of passengers who travel into London every day.
“A successful rail network is vital for the economic prosperity of the country and its standing in the global race. The fact that these trains are made in Britain also protects jobs outside of the capital.”
£180 million worth of train carriages built at Derby-based Bombardier will be on show for the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin, today.
The 130 carriages are being tested in London and will be rolled out across the city in December.
By dismissing all seven grounds of appeal and declining to refer the case to Europe, this is the second time in four months a court has rejected attempts to derail HS2.
Parliament is the right place to debate the merits of HS2, not the law courts, and we will introduce the hybrid bill for Phase One before the year is out.
– High Speed Rail minister Simon Burns
I urge opponents not to waste any more taxpayers' money on expensive litigation and instead work with us on making HS2 the very best it can be.
We continue to move forward with the crucial business of getting the scheme ready for construction in 2017 and delivering enormous benefits for the country.
The Court of Appeal has rejected the latest challenges to Government plans to pursue the HS2 national high-speed rail project, which is to link London with the West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire.
Fifteen councils and many other objectors, including residents' associations along the route, had asked the appeal judges to order further assessment of the project.
The judges dismissed all grounds of challenge but gave the go-ahead for a final appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.
Campaigners against a new high-speed rail line from London to the Midlands will find out later if they've won a legal challenge to try and stop the £42 billion scheme going ahead.
Opponents of HS2 - including several Midlands councils - claim the project will be too expensive. A decision is expected at The Court of Appeal.
Train services in the East Midlands have coped well with the first day of Nottingham station's closure, rail bosses have said.
The city's railway station has closed for five weeks - but the managing director of East Midlands Trains, David Horne, said while journeys were taking longer there had been no real disruption.
East Midlands Parkway is busy but coping, it is taking extra passengers because of the Nottingham station closure.