Despite pledging to find savings in the expensive High Speed 2 train line, the project's boss has failed to find significant financial cuts.
A Tory MP planning to vote against the government on HS2 today tells me there are 60 of his colleagues who would like to do the same.
Patrick McLoughlin will continue the Government's fightback over the high-speed rail project by unveiling - yet another - business case.
Birmingham will be announced as the chosen site for the new HS2 Construction HQ, creating 1,500 new jobs.
It will be the home to the engineers and designers who will put together the detailed construction plans for the track, stations and signalling.
The leader of a campaign group opposed to the building of HS2 - the High speed rail line which cut journey times from Birmingham to London in half - has been putting his case to MPs.
Joe Rukin is challenging a bid by HS2 Ltd - appointed to build the £50billion pound line - who claim that Stop HS2 has no legal right to petition the select committee now considering the actual route. He's hoping the challenge will be overturned.
The Transport Secretary has said it's vital to get the "best people" working on HS2, after it emerged that thirty staff could be better paid than the Prime Minister.
The Transport Secretary & Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin said the proposed salaries were within the budget set and would involve hiring engineers with established skills.
But he said all salaries would have to be approved by the Treasury.
A group of MPs are due to meet up to three times a week to discuss opposition to HS2, the High Speed rail line.
Almost 2,000 petitions have been sent in - and all of them have to be heard and discussed before building work can begin. The first meeting takes place today.
The MPs will meet two or three times a week to hear the petitions - and it's expected to take around two years.
A group of MPs from the West Midlands are calling on ministers to drop plans to use a piece of land in the middle of Birmingham as a construction yard for HS2.
Among them is Liam Byrne who wants the site at the junction of Ladywood, Erdington and Hodge Hill to be developed instead, which he believes could create up to 7,000 jobs.
Under current plans, once the high speed rail line has been constructed, the site would become a yard for trains.
A National College to train people to build HS2 could be built in Birmingham or Derby after the sites were shortlisted by the Government.
Doncaster and Manchester have also been shortlisted as locations for the college.
Church leaders have condemned the planned route for HS2, warning that it will run through graveyards and disturb human remains.
The Archbishops' Council, which includes the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, says the route will destroy three burial grounds including one in Birmingham.
In a letter to the House of Commons they say not enough is being done to ensure exhumed remains are treated in a reverent manner. They say the Bill allowing HS2 to go ahead should not be passed into law.
Janet Gough, from the Archbishop's Council, has told ITV News that a specific clause is needed in the legislation behind HS2 to ensure Bishops can oversee exhumation and reburial.
The Department for Transport says burial grounds have been avoided as much as possible and all remains will be treated with dignity, respect and care.
A majority of MP's have voted in favour of giving the HS2 bill a second reading, with 452 to 41 backing the principle of the HS2 project.
A total of 47 Conservative MPs missed the vote and 41 MPs either opposed the HS2 plans or backed an amendment put forward by former Cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan.
- Peter Bone (Wellingborough)
- Andrew Bridgen (Leicestershire North West)
- Bill Cash (Stone)
- Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)
- Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
- Chris Kelly (Dudley South)
- Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford)
- Chris Pincher (Tamworth)
- Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)
- Caroline Spelman (Meriden)
- Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle)
- Chris White (Warwick & Leamington)
- Dan Byles (Warwickshire North)
- Bill Wiggin (Herefordshire North)
- Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
Tonight's vote in Parliament on the HS2 bill means the high-speed rail line will begin construction in 2017, the Transport Secretary has confirmed.
Patrick McLoughlin also tried to calm the fears of anti-HS2 campaigners over the impact of the proposed route on their areas, saying:
"I am aware of the concerns some who live very close to the HS2 route have. I am confident however that by working together we can ensure this vital new north-south railway is designed in the right way, and we will have spades in the ground in 2017 as planned."
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has been following the votes on the HS2 bill in the House of Commons.
MPs have now voted in favour of giving the legislation a second reading.
MPs vote on whether to give #hs2 bill a second reading. Result: YES-452 NO-41
Smaller number of MPs vote against #HS2 for second reading. But many more abstentions we hear