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:
No surprises in northern #hs2 routes - emphasis on connectivity with rest of network but going into Leeds and M'er city centres will be hard
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:
More top news
The Olympic and World champion seem unfazed by the electric vehicle which sent him flying in Beijing.
The rapper declared his intention to run at the end of a rambling acceptance speech at the VMAs last night.
As we see in the end of August, we mark the meteorological end of summer 2015.