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The chief executive of HS2 Ltd, part of the high-speed rail network project has welcomed the Court of Appeal decision to reject a legal challenge from its opponents.
Alison Munro said: "We now carry on the vital work we are doing to deliver a high speed rail network that will act as an engine for growth, address the capacity challenge on the railways and connect up eight out of 10 of our biggest cities.
"We will also continue to do all that we can to minimise the environmental impact of the new network while ensuring that those directly impacted along the route are fairly compensated."
Opponents of the HS2 high speed rail project have said they are "disappointed" after a court rejected their legal challenge against the plans. Councillor Martin Tett, chairman of the 51m alliance and leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said today:
High Speed Rail minister Simon Burns has urged HS2 rail project opponents to not "waste taxpayers' money", after their latest challenge was rejected by the Court of Appeal.
Mr Burns said: "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."
Work on a new high speed railway from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds will continue after the Court of Appeal today rejected further attempts to derail the scheme. In a statement the Department of Transport said:
The Court of Appeal has rejected the latest challenges to Government plans to go ahead with the HS2 national high-speed rail project.
The government has claimed victory in a legal battle over plans for a high speed rail line between London and the north of England.
Today a judge rejected nine out of ten challenges brought by councils across the country including Camden.
However, there was one piece of good news for those living along the route. Paul Brand reports.
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."
A spokesman for the anti-HS2 group that was successful in its High Court case over the compensation consultation suggested that the Government should issue property bonds: