HS2 consultation "unlawful"

The High Court ruled that the consultation process for compensating those affected by the multibillion-pound project "was so unfair as to be unlawful".

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Government urges HS2 opponents to avoid 'expensive litigation'

By dismissing all seven grounds of appeal and declining to refer the case to Europe, this is the second time in four months a court has rejected attempts to derail HS2.

Parliament is the right place to debate the merits of HS2, not the law courts, and we will introduce the hybrid bill for Phase One before the year is out.

I urge opponents not to waste any more taxpayers' money on expensive litigation and instead work with us on making HS2 the very best it can be.

We continue to move forward with the crucial business of getting the scheme ready for construction in 2017 and delivering enormous benefits for the country.

– High Speed Rail minister Simon Burns
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Court of Appeal rejects challenge to HS2

The Court of Appeal has rejected the latest challenges to Government plans to pursue the HS2 national high-speed rail project, which is to link London with the West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire.

Fifteen councils and many other objectors, including residents' associations along the route, had asked the appeal judges to order further assessment of the project.

The judges dismissed all grounds of challenge but gave the go-ahead for a final appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.

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'This project is vital for the economy' says HS2 chief

A High Court judge has ruled in favour of campaigners challenging the Government's handling of HS2, the high speed rail route through the Midlands.

Although he rejected all but one of five legal challenges, Mr. Justice Ouseley said the Government's consultation process was unlawful.

HS2 Ltd argue the high-speed rail will boost the economy:

"This project is vital for the economy and for our country going forward. We need the capacity , we need to improve the connectivity between our major cities. The judgement today gives us the green light to press on with the project and deliver that for our major cities."

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Government say court's decision will not affect HS2 construction timetable

Government say court's decision will not affect HS2 construction timetable Credit: ITV News Central

The Government hailed the court's decision on the cases it won as a "landmark victory" and said the loss on the compensation case would "not affect the HS2 construction timetable in any way".

Rail Minister Simon Burns said: "This is a major landmark victory for HS2 and the future of Britain. The judge has categorically given the green light for the Government to press ahead without delay in building a high-speed railway from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds."

HS2 compensation process ruled "unlawful"

The Government's HS2 high-speed rail scheme suffered a setback today when the High Court ruled that the consultation process for compensating those affected by the multibillion-pound project "was so unfair as to be unlawful".

The decision was a victory for the High Speed 2 Action Alliance (HS2AA), consisting of more than 70 affiliated action groups and residents' associations.

The HS2AA case on consultation was one of five separate cases brought to block the controversial scheme in its current form. It was the only case to succeed.

Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting at London's High Court, is now hearing submissions from lawyers on the appropriate remedy.

The compensation process for those affected is "so unfair as to be unlawful" Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The first phase of HS2 would see a high-speed line running from London to Birmingham. A second phase extends the line to Leeds and Manchester to create what will become known as "the Y network".

The project is designed to cut journey times, ease overcrowding and boost regional business.

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