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Decision on bid to stop £42 billion HS2 due later

General view of Toton sidings at Nottingham where the train is set to run through. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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Video: HS2 'mistake is amateurish'

The MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins has dubbed the decision over where to build the high speed rail link 'amateurish'. It's after claims the maps used to choose the route were out of date.

The track, which links London to Leeds cuts across parts of Chesterfield canal.

But documents regarding the construction of the link, which were submitted to the government in March 2012, included maps which are missing nearby Staveley Basin which was built more than a year ago.


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Video: HS2 maps 'out of date'

It's claimed the maps used to draw up the route for the new high speed rail link could be out of date.

The track, which links London to Leeds, cuts over stretches of the Chesterfield Canal.

But documents regarding the construction of the link, which were submitted to the government in March 2012, failed to include Staveley Town Basin that was completed more than a year ago.

It has also been claimed a 600 metre stretch of restored waterway is missing from the map.

Robin Stonebridge is from the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

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'Generous compensation' promised for HS2

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin speaking to the House of Commons

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said that those who need to sell their house but struggle because of the HS2 plans will still be helped and that he wants the line, "to create jobs and prosperity not to harm it."

"I understand how proposals like this can affect the property markets so compensation will be as generous as on the first phase, and more generous then when we built the motorways."


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David Cameron on HS2: This is going to happen

David Cameron was resolute when asked about Tory opposition to the HS2 project: "This is going to happen. I have been a strong supporter right from the start." The Prime Minister continued:

These are difficult economic times, but I think that is precisely the time you should be planning for the future, working out how we link up the cities of our country, how we reduce journey times, how we spread wealth and prosperity around the country.

We do need to rebalance the economy, it has been too dominated by the South and by certain industries and high speed rail will really help to create a better balanced economy.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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Odds on that opening of HS2 will be delayed

A spokesman for Ladbrokes has said the firm is "not prepared to offer long odds" on the HS2 line being subject to delays, alterations and cancellations.

The bookmaker is currently offering 4/5 that there will be delays when it comes to the opening of the service.

The government expects to complete the first phase of the high speed route from London to Birmingham by 2026, with the Manchester and Leeds extension being finished by 2033.

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