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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.
Campaigners against a new high-speed rail line from London to the Midlands will find out later if they've won a legal challenge to try and stop the £42 billion scheme going ahead.
Opponents of HS2 - including several Midlands councils - claim the project will be too expensive. A decision is expected at The Court of Appeal.
The first phase of the high speed rail project, HS2, reached another significant milestone today.
The Government announced it has protected the proposed route from any new development which would conflict with the aim to build a railway line.
The Department for Transport calls it 'safeguarding'. It also helps people living on the route to apply for compensation.
Our transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson reports.
The development of a new High Speed rail line between London and the West Midlands has taken a step forward today.
The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has announced that the route is to be protected from future developments which may conflict with the planned rail line.
It allows people living near the proposed HS2 route from London to the West Midlands, living in the so-called 'safe-guard' area, to apply to the Government to buy their homes.
The Government is being asked to change the planned route of HS2 by taking it right through the middle of Derby.
It is an alternative to the current route through Toton on the outskirts of Nottingham.
The scheme has been proposed by Derby City Council. But, not everyone in the city is convinced it is a good idea.
Keith Wilkinson reports.
Derby city leaders have unveiled ambitious plans to run a High Speed 2 rail route straight through the centre of Derby.
Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss says the alternative path for HS2, which will run from London through Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands, will bring millions of pounds and thousands of jobs to the city.
The council will try to persuade the Government not to continue with its current route through Toton Sidings.
Campaigners against the proposed HS2 will meet at the Stafford County Showground for the second Stop HS2 National Convention later today.
On Thursday, seven Midlands Conservative MPs opposed plans to build the new high speed rail line linking London and Birmingham.
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Seven Midlands Conservative MPs have opposed plans to build a new high speed rail line linking London and Birmingham.
The controversial HS2 bill was given the go-ahead last night despite significant opposition.
Midlands Conservative MPs who voted against:
- Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire)
- Dan Byles (North Warwickshire)
- Bill Cash (Stone)
- Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
- Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire)
- Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford)
- Chris White (Warwick and Leamington)
There's anger tonight over the rising cost of HS2, following the revelation by the Transport Secretary that the high speed rail will cost more than £40billion – an increase of £10billion.
Campaigners say spending on HS2 is 'out of control'.
Transport Correspondent Keith Wilkinson reports
The 'High Speed Rail Preparation Bill' is expected to be voted on today in the House of Commons.
Despite receiving a majority backing, almost 30 Tory MPs are poised to rebel on today's key first vote, in hope of derailing legislation to pave the way for a new high-speed railway line between London and Birmingham.
The Government says HS2 will rebalance the economy and improve fortunes in the Midlands and the North. Officials claim it will create more than 100,000 jobs and will spread 'wealth and prosperity' around the country.
Many campaign groups are opposing HS2, which will cut through the countryside and disrupt wildlife.
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An influential group of MPs says the DfT has failed to present 'a convincing strategic case' for HS2.
Campaigners say they hope to put plans for HS2 through the Midlands back to square one as they prepare to go to the High Court tomorrow.