HS2 rail link: Government claims victory following High Court ruling
The Government has claimed a victory following a High Court ruling on the controversial High Speed 2 rail scheme.
Protesters brought the case against the £33 billion project that would see 250mph trains running along new tracks from London to Birmingham then forking to Leeds and Manchester.
Today, a judge ruled in favour of the Government on nine of 10 legal challenges made against the way the scheme has been run so far.
However, a consultation into compensation for those affected by the line, which will run without stopping through North West Leicestershire, was deemed unlawful.
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The protesters, including 18 councils more than 70 affiliated groups and residents' associations, and a golf club, had hoped to delay or derail the project altogether claiming there were failures in the consultation process and in assessing the railway’s environmental impact.
However, rail minister Simon Burns said today’s ruling was a major landmark victory. Speaking after the judgement, Mr Burns said the ruling delivered a “convincing decision... on all the key issues of the way in which the Department for Transport has handled the moving forward of HS2."