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.
Plans for a high speed railway line to the Midlands and the North have been branded a "political trophy project" by Lord Mandelson.
HS2 Limited is holding an event in Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire later today, as part of its consultation into the second phase of the project.
The phase would create a high speed rail link between London and Sheffield via the East Midlands.
Last week, the bill for phase one of HS2, between London and Birmingham, was published by the government.
People attending the event at the Hood Park Leisure Centre in North Street will be able to get advice and information.
Those visiting will also be able to hear how the HS2 line will sound in a special sound booth.
China's leadership said the country may invest in the controversial HS2 rail project and a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.
Speaking after talks with David Cameron on the first day of the Prime Minister's visit to China, Premier Li Keqiang said the two sides had agreed to "push for breakthroughs" on nuclear power and high-speed rail.
Mr Li said, "The Chinese side is willing to not only participate but also purchase equities and stocks in UK nuclear power projects, and the UK side is open to this idea."
Speaking ahead of his visit last week, Mr Cameron said, "In terms of HS2, I very much welcome Chinese investment into British infrastructure".
The Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has told a committee that once HS2 is built people would look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.
Mr McLoughlin was being questioned over criticism that a report in September over-estimated the economic benefits of the high speed line which will include a station in the East Midlands.
The authors of the report, KPMG, says it stands by its claim the line will generate £15bn of economic benefit a year by 2037.
Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP, Patrick McLoughlin, will be questioned by a committee today over criticism that a report in September over-estimated the economic benefits of HS2.
Phase one of the project will link London to the West Midlands. Phase two will travel through the East Midlands.
A report by KPMG said the project would boost the economy by £15billion a year.
The Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, has said the government has done everything possible to minimise the environmental and community impacts for the proposed High Speed rail line, linking London to the Midlands.
Earlier today the government published its largest ever parliamentary bill to allow land to be bought and building to start on HS2.
The government has published its largest ever parliamentary bill to allow land to be bought and building to start on the High Speed rail link from London to the West Midlands.
The government says HS2 is an engine for growth.
Anthony Bianco, who is campaigning against HS2, has told ITV News Central that today's bill is "incomplete".
Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has said that Labour supports the HS2 plan as it will address the need for more rail capacity across the country.
She said: "Labour supports HS2 because we must address the capacity problems that mean thousands of commuters face cramped, miserable journeys into Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London.
"However, three years of Government delays and mismanagement has caused costs to balloon. Incompetent ministers have only just launched the consultation on phase 2 of the route, despite the fact that it was being worked on when Labour were in government."
The HS2 Hybrid Bill that is to go before Parliament will give details on how the first phase of the high speed rail project should progress.
The High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill will provide government powers to allow the construction and operation of the railway.
It will outline powers to:
- build and maintain the first phase of HS2 and its associated works, including secure planning permission for the works;
- compulsorily acquire interests in the land required;
- affect or change rights of way, including the stopping-up or diversion of highways and waterways (permanently or temporarily);
- modify infrastructure belonging to statutory undertakers (e.g. utility companies);
- carry out protective works to buildings and third-party infrastructure.
The publication of the Bill for phase one of the HS2 plan marks a significant milestone in the high speed rail project. Once Royal Assent has been achieved, it is expected that construction of the line from London to Birmingham will begin in 2016/2017 allowing the line to open in 2026.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the HS2 scheme was the 'most ambitious' infrastructure plan since the building of the M25 motorway around London.
– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
HS2 is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project in the UK since we built the M25 30 years ago, and in 30 more it will be just as integral a part of the nation's prosperity.
The Bill will give us the powers we need to get the railway built and start delivering the extra room on our railways that this country so desperately needs. It will also start the process of rebalancing the economy and bringing our great cities closer together.
That is why the Bill is so important - it marks the move from aspiration to delivery. Now is the time to be bold and ensure HS2 becomes a reality.
A bill on the future of the first phase of a high speed rail line from London to the Midlands will be published today.
Hundreds of anti-HS2 campaigners are travelling to Westminster to lobby MPs against the project.