Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has rejected the findings of the Commons public accounts committee, which criticised the costs and benefits of the HS2 high-speed rail network.
Mr McLoughlin said the case for the £50 billion project was "absolutely clear," as rail routes would be "overwhelmed" by rising passenger numbers. He said:
"The project will free up vital space on our railways for passengers and freight, generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and deliver better connections between our towns and cities.
"HS2 is a vital part of our plan to give Britain the transport infrastructure it needs to compete.
More top news
Aidan McAteer, 23, pleaded guilty via video link as Violet-Grace's mother wept in the public gallery.
The wife of a man who filmed himself killing their baby in Facebook videos, said she is not angry at the site or those who shared the posts.
Moyes told the BBC reporter she "might get a slap" following a post-match interview when Sunderland drew 0-0 with Burnley.