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.
The Supreme Court has rejected a legal bid by objectors to force further consideration of Government proposals for the HS2 national high-speed rail link.
West Midlands Fire Service says the development of HS2 will leave its headquarters unfit for purpose.
It says the proposed route would limit access for its vehicles to essential services.
HS2 limited has announced it will buy the car park and rear yard of the Nechells HQ.
But the fire service wants the whole site to be bought so it can relocate.
The Chairman of HS2, Sir David Higgins, has spoken about plans for a new college to train hundreds of engineers to work on the construction of the controversial rail link.
– Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP
HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project that this government is delivering. So it is right that a large scale investment in bricks and mortar should also come with investment in the elite skills which will help build it. That is why this government is launching the first further education college in over 20 years, which will train the next generation of engineers in rail, construction and environmental studies that this country needs to prosper.
Plans for a new college to train hundreds of engineers to work on the construction of the controversial HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham will be revealed later today.
The college will offer technical training and specialist qualifications in rail engineering, environmental skills and construction work.
A scheme to reopen a line in the West Midlands that would provide new links to other transport infrastructure in the region, including HS2 and Birmingham Airport has attracted interest from the Chinese.
China Railway Group confirmed its interest to design, build and finance the project which would restore the 11.7 kilometres (7.3 miles) Stonebridge Railway.
The scheme would restore a route originally opened in 1839 between Hampton-in-Arden and North Warwickshire.
It would cost an estimated £240 million, or £280 million with full electrification.
Sir David Higgins will become Chairman of HS2 Ltd on a part-time basis from today.
He will take up the role full-time from March, replacing Doug Oakervee.
The company is responsible for developing and promoting High Speed Two, the UK's new high speed rail network, which will affect parts of the Midlands.
It is "essential for the UK" that HS2, which will link the Midlands with London and the north, goes ahead says an MPs' report.
The House of Commons Transport Committee's report also says the risks of not going ahead with the project "significantly outweigh the risks of doing so."
The committee, chaired by Labour MP Louise Ellman, also said serious thought should be given to building the second-phase of the line - which will run to the north from the East Midlands - at the same time as the first phase London-to-Birmingham stretch is being built.
The report also calls on the Department for Transport to emphasise that the estimated cost for HS2 is £28 billion, not £50 billion, due to contingency costs.
The first phase of the scheme, from London through the Chilterns to Birmingham, is due for completion in 2026.
The report into the viability of HS2 is a "cheerleading whitewash" and only heard from "people who support" the London to Birmingham rail link, according to activists.
Campaign manager for the Stop HS2 group Joe Rukin said:
– Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin
Unlike the public accounts committee and treasury committee hearings on HS2, it was clear that this inquiry was going to be a cheerleading whitewash when the transport committee only called people who support HS2 to give evidence.
Despite the official cost of HS2 standing at £50 billion, the committee want to pretend it is £28 billion, even though they said it would be £34 billion in 2011.
In saying this and telling the DfT they should abandon their standard assessments to improve the case for HS2, they are effectively ordering the Government to 'spin harder' on HS2.
HS2 will deliver "the step change in capacity" needed to support growing demand from both passengers and freight, according to the head of the transport committee.
Chairwoman Louise Ellman said if taxpayers were to reap the full benefits of HS2, it was "vital" links were improved between regular and high-speed rail networks.
– transport select committee chairwoman louise ellman
We remain confident that construction of a new high speed line is the only way to deliver the step change in capacity on the West Coast Main Line needed to accommodate long-term demand for both passengers and rail freight.
If we are to spread the benefits from HS2 as widely as possible, it is vital we improve links between the conventional and high-speed networks and bring forward projects to speed up journey times on the conventional network.