'Going into Leeds and Manchester will be hard'

Leading British rail analyst Christian Wolmar has warned there may be difficulties ahead in establishing the HS2 network.

Tweeting his response to this morning's announcement, he said:

Mr Wolmar added that the estimated £33 billion cost of the network can "only be a guess" until more details emerge of the proposed work on the new routes.

He also bemoaned the way this morning's announcement was made, tweeting: