Reports suggest man in charge at the Treasury will “broadly" support link from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Conservative supporters and opponents of the £100bn high-speed rail project clash at prime minister's questions.
With Brexit legislation sailing through the Commons, Boris Johnson has turned his attention to the domestic agenda as decisions on HS2, Huawai’s involvement in communications and a cabinet reshuffle land in his inbox. Conservative MP Bim Afolami joins Arj Singh, Paul Waugh and Rachel Wearmouth on what we can expect from the government and who from the Labour leadership contest could trouble them in the coming term.
Around 30 northern and Midlands Tories have signed a letter in support of the north-south rail link as up to 20 colleagues prepare to urge Boris Johnson to scrap it.
From tackling the NHS crisis to deciding the future of Europe's largest infrastructure project, there's no shortage of issues to face.
The final figure could end up being between £70 billion and £85 billion.
As part of the archaeology phase of the HS2 rail construction programme, researchers have identified the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, the navigator who is credited with giving Australia its name.
Collapse of east coast franchise, HS2 and low ticket profits bumped up costs