One bone of contention for anti-HS2 campaigners has been the cost of the project, with the Taxpayers' Alliance dubbing the project a "white elephant".
In June the transport secretary told the commons HS2 would go £10bn over the original budget of £33bn to cover "contingency costs".
- The projected cost of the whole projects is now £42.6bn
- A total of £7.5bn needed for the purchase of high-speed trains.
- £14.56bn of the overall cost will be set aside for contingency costs.
More top news
Tony Kim, who taught accounting at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was detained as he tried to leave the country.
Southern England will start dry and bright, and sunnier, colder weather will arrive in the north later in the day.
Drivers caught speeding excessively can now expect fines starting from 150% of their weekly income.