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.
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.
A local anti-HS2 action group is travelling to London today, along with hundreds of campaigners from around the country.
It's a significant day in the passing through Parliament of legislation which would allow the HS2 rail project to go ahead.
The Hybrid Bill introduced today includes the powers to build and operate Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands. Debate will follow on its impact for people and businesses.
The Government believes HS2 is necessary to increase rail capacity and connectivity.
Royal Assent has been granted for legislation to kick start construction of the controversial high speed rail line between London and Birmingham.
The project is intended to link London to Birmingham by 2026 with further branches to Manchester and Leeds by 2033.
The leader of Nottingham City Council joined a delegation in London today to promote the case for HS2. Councillor Jon Collins says a High Speed Rail link from the East Midlands to London and the North is essential for growth.
Leaders from the UK's ten biggest cities outside London will deliver their declaration of support for HS2 to the Prime Minister today.
Birmingham City Council leader, Sir Albert Bore, and Nottingham City Council leader, Jon Collins, are among those heading to Downing Street.
Plans for HS2 would see the first phase linking the capital to Birmingham, with the second phase seeing the line pass through the East Midlands.
The bill that paves the way for the building of HS2 will be presented to the House of Lords this afternoon.
MPs have already approved the bill by 350 votes to 34, which will allow the government to spend money planning the route in detail and buying land along the proposed track.
HS2 is expected to cost £42.6bn plus £7.5bn for the trains.
The first phase of the proposed line will connect the capital to Birmingham.
The proposed second phase to Leeds and Sheffield is planned to go through the East Midlands, with the creation of a new station in Toton in Nottinghamshire.
Treasury Minister Lord Deighton has defended the location of proposed HS2 stations against critics who question why many of them are out of urban centres.
He insisted the controversial new Toton station, between Nottingham and Derby, would benefit the region as a whole.
He spoke to ITV News Central as he met with business leaders and with engineering students from Loughborough University, urging them to get behind the project.
Businesses in the East Midlands will be told about the potential benefits of the new high-speed rail link between London and the north at an event today.
Transport minister Lord Deighton will be visiting engineering students in Loughborough, while staff working on HS2 will be at an open meeting in Long Eaton.
Former Conservative Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine is backing the £50bn HS2 high-speed rail project.
But he says the scheme should be accelerated with the private sector contributing to costs.
The Tory peer says supporting the rail line which will link the Midlands with London and the north is as much an act of faith as a reliance on figures and that the UK "must consider carefully the cost of not acting" over HS2.
Lord Heseltine's views come in a speech in London tonight to the Royal Town Planning Institute.
HS2 is expected to cost £42.6bn plus £7.5bn for the trains. The first phase, from London to Birmingham, is due for completion in 2026, with the second phase, taking the line to north east and north west England, due to be completed by 2032/33
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has pleaded with the Transport Secretary to find ways of cutting the impact of a planned HS2 railway viaduct for Staffordshire.
He said the height of the line means it would blight three constituencies if the viaduct is installed at the proposed site.
The planned HS2 line will pass through Staffordshire as part of the second phase of the project, connecting the Midlands to Manchester and Leeds.
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