Court rejects legal challenges to HS2 rail scheme

LONDON Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:47am BST

An anti-HS2 sign lies in the floor on the planned route of the new HS2 high speed rail link in Middleton, central England, March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Darren Staples

An anti-HS2 sign lies in the floor on the planned route of the new HS2 high speed rail link in Middleton, central England, March 15, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected all legal challenges to the UK's HS2 national high-speed rail project.

Many councils and resident associations along the route wanted appeal judges to order a further assessment of the 43 billion pound project, which will run from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

They said the scheme would lead to a loss of homes, cause severe environmental damage and disruption to many communities.

The Department for Transport said seven broad areas of challenge to HS2 were dismissed by the court and that construction of the scheme would start in 2017.

(Reporting by Rhys Jones; editing by Brenda Goh)

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Comments (7)
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Shame the Court could not reject it on grounds of cost…

A ridiculous waste of expenditure at 40 bn pounds.(+plus)

All to shave a few minutes off a transport system!

Have they lost their collective marbles?

Jul 24, 2013 12:15pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
If one really wants to get from Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham to London as rapidly as possible, there is another way that could be subsidised nicley with 43 billion pounds…

Regional air services!

Why is this coalition govt so inept at spending tax payers cash?

Jul 24, 2013 12:18pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Average flight time from Manchester to Gatwick is 1hr 120seconds…

Prices from as little as £85 and without an injection of 43bn pounds to subsidize the travel.

What is the need for HS2?

Jul 24, 2013 12:22pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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