Go-HS2 response to reports of legal action against HS2

HS2 opponents to take legal action?

In recent days there have been a number of reports that groups opposing HS2 are threatening legal action.

HS2 Action Alliance told the BBC it has sent a letter to Transport Secretary Justine Greening saying it is considering seeking a judicial review as it is concerned about the environmental impact of the scheme. StopHS2 has said it will lodge an application within a matter of months after gathering evidence.

The views of those opposed to HS2 have attracted publicity, but what about the other side of the argument?

People living along the HS2 route understandably feel strongly and have the right to put their view across, but it is only fair that the interests of families and businesses in the West Midlands and other regions are also heard.

HS2 will bring 22,000 jobs and a £1.5bn per year economic boost to the West Midlands and will allow us to increase our local, regional and freight rail services.

We want HS2 to arrive as soon as possible and certainly don’t want anything to delay this tremendous opportunity.

Chris Howe, of HS2-NW, told the BBC the alternative plans suggested by activists against the scheme would see a cut in local and regional services and fail to provide the capacity needed to cope with predicted future demand.

He said he was disappointed that councils were also considering action and might “spend what could be millions of pounds worth of council taxpayers’ cash on fighting a proposal which is of national importance”.



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