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30.05.13

HS2 environmental impact brought to Court of Appeal

The HS2 Action Alliance will appeal against the High Court ruling on HS2, following a judgement in the Government’s favour in March.

The Government won nine out of 10 points of legal challenge against the project, including concerns over the environmental impact of the project. The one successful challenge covered the property compensation consultation, which is now being re-run.

But HS2AA will bring the point of environmental impact to the Court of Appeal on June 10.  

Director of HS2AA Hilary Wharf said: “The British public have joined the NAO and Major Projects Authority and are putting their hard-earned cash up to hold the Government to account for their incompetent handling of this white elephant.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “The judge was firm in dismissing these challenges and the Government will continue to defend any challenge in the Court of Appeal.

“It is unfortunate but inevitable that opponents of HS2 will do what ever they can to delay the government's plans, but the Government remains committed to delivering HS2 as quickly as possible.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

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Comments

D. Field   31/05/2013 at 23:46

Why are the Government so determined to go ahead with this scheme? It offers so little benefit, will not be completed for years and will cost a fortune. Given the current state of the Government's coffers, it makes one very suspicious of their motives.

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