High speed ahead for HS2 route

The High Court has revealed the results of a Judicial Review into the HS2 rail link plans. Most of the legal challenges from campaigners fighting the plans were dismissed, but the Government was told its consultation on compensation was 'unlawful'.

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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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Residents living near HS2 route 'should not bear burden'

A lawyer from the firm who represented High Speed 2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) - who won a case against the government today - expressed delight over the victory on the compensation challenge.

This was never a Nimby argument. Many thousands of people living along the route will not be able to sell their homes for some 15 years because their homes are blighted.

They should not have to bear the burden for this national project.

We hope now that proper arrangements are put in place by the Government for compensation for those who live by the proposed HS2 route to make it possible for them to move if and when they wish, in the same way that the rest of us can.

– Richard Stein, Leigh Day law firm who represented HS2AA


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Compensation case loss 'will not affect' HS2 timetable

Rail Minister Simon Burns hailed the four out of five cases won at the High Court as a "landmark victory"and said the loss on the compensation case would "not affect the HS2 construction timetable in any way".

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.

– Rail Minister Simon Burns
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Government's HS2 consultation 'not unfair'

HS2 Judicial Review decision has been announced Credit: HS2

The Government has not acted unfairly in its consultation on HS2 says High Court.

It is not "irrational or unlawful" for the Government to want to promote the bill for the £32bn scheme.

The court is satisfied that while some individual people or groups may not have had opinions taken into account during the consultation the issues were taken into account.

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