Court rejects HS2 challenge

The Court of Appeal has rejected the latest challenges to Government plans to go ahead with the HS2 national high-speed rail project.

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High Court ruling could delay HS2 for years

Fierce campaigns are being fought to stop HS2 development in certain areas. Credit: PA

The High Court is to rule today on legal challenges to the Government's HS2 high-speed rail scheme.

Opponents are asking a judge in London to declare in a series of five cases that the multi-billion pound project is legally flawed and must be sent back for reconsideration.

The first phase of HS2 would see a high-speed railway line running through Tory heartlands from London to Birmingham.

The scheme has polarised opinion, with many residents' groups and local councils bitterly opposing it, but supporters point out the benefits of a reduction in journey times between the UK's two biggest cities.

If successful, the legal challenge could potentially delay the scheme for years.

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Government to re-consult on HS2 compensation

HS2 promotional image Credit: HS2 Ltd

The government will have to reconsult on compensation for people who live along the route of the proposed HS2 after a High Court judge ruled in favour of an anti-HS2 protest group.

The HS2AA group financed the case after appealing to the community for help.

Mr. Justice Ouseley upheld the challenge to the government's proposed compensation scheme on the grounds its consultation process was so unfair as to be unlawful .

Four other challenges to the Secretary of State were rejected. Joe Rukin from HS2AA said he was happy that one of the group's claims was upheld, but that HS2 would still be a disaster for many in the Midlands.

HS2 Ltd told ITV News Central, they are delighted with the overall outcome and HS2 is now on track bringing a boost to the region's economy with a super fast link from Birmingham to London. It will cost £33bn.

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Rail Minister Simon Burns says this is a major landmark victory for HS2

Rail Minister Simon Burns says this is a major landmark victory for HS2 Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Government hailed the court's dismissal of four of the five cases against it as a "landmark victory".

Rail Minister Simon Burns said: "We have listened to the judge's comments about the property compensation consultation and, to save time and public money, we will re-consult on this aspect - but this will not delay HS2.

We remain fully committed to fairly compensating the public who are impacted by the scheme."

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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."

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HS2 compensation consultation deemed 'unlawful'

The High Court ruled that the consultation process for compensating those affected by the HS2 high-speed rail scheme "was so unfair as to be unlawful".

Two trains pass through Church Fenton, North Yorkshire where it is proposed the HS2 railway will link with the East Coast Mainline. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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

The HS2AA case was one of five separate cases brought to block the rail 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.

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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.

HS2: Camden Council statement

Camden and 14 other councils have lost their Judicial Review claim in the High Court. A Judge has ruled the government’s decision over the London to Birmingham line lawful, meaning the £33 billion scheme can proceed.

“We are disappointed with this judgement and will continue to fight this fundamentally flawed scheme. We feel a poor decision has been made today, which fails to fully grapple with our case or the parliamentary process and demonstrates a misinterpretation of the law.

“We have said all along that the government and HS2 Limited have made no proper assessment of the disruption and damage High Speed 2 will cause."

– Cllr Sarah Hayward, Camden Council Leader

Camden is the most affected area along the proposedLondon to Birmingham line of HS2, with £1billion damages estimated for theborough and hundreds of homes marked for demolition.

“The Judge dismissed our claims because he felt that no “decisions” had been made to proceed with HS2. Yet clearly the government has taken the decision to go ahead with this scheme already. Moreover, the Judge did not say our Claim was without merit, simply that it was too early to make a decision.

"We felt we should challenge these now and not wait for more years of planning and public money to be wasted on this project."

– Cllr Sarah Hayward, Camden Council Leader

Camden Council says it will appeal the ruling.

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