The Court of Appeal has ruled HS2 can go ahead, signalling defeat for for objectors in the latest legal proceedings.
In seven areas challenged by opponents, including decisions on the principle of HS2 and the route for Phase One from London to Birmingham, the court ruled in favour of the Government.
In a statement, the Department of Transport said it would introduce legislation as planned in Parliament later this year and get ready to begin construction in 2017.
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. 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."
Mr Burns added: "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."
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