Judicial Review – HS2 given the ‘green light’

Rail minister Simon Burns

Rail minister Simon Burns

Following this morning’s judicial review verdict the Department for Transport says HS2 moves ahead without any delays to the scheme.

There were ten key challenges to the Government and nine out of ten were dismissed.

The remaining challenge, relating to the compensation consultation from HS2 Action Alliance, was upheld.

For a summary and explanation of the challenges and ruling click here

For the judgement from Mr Justice Ouseley click here

Early media reports suggested this challenge from HS2AA would delay HS2. However Rail Minister Simon Burns did a number of interviews and stated clearly this was not the case.

The Government has already stated they will rerun this compensation consultation and this will NOT delay HS2.

Mr Burns said HS2 had been given the ‘green light’ and described a major landmark victory.

The BBC has reported on the story here

The Department for Transport said:

Work on a new high speed railway from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds can continue after a High Court judge today threw out attempts to derail the crucial scheme.

In a landmark victory for HS2 in one of the biggest judicial reviews ever faced by a government, of the ten broad areas of challenge presented against HS2 phase one (from London to Birmingham) by four sets of claimants, The Hon Mr Justice Ouseley ruled categorically in the government’s favour on nine of these.

The judge agreed it was lawful for the government to choose to rule out upgrading the existing network as a credible alternative to HS2 – noting that a patch and mend approach fails to meet the government’s objectives of providing a long term boost to capacity and economic growth.

This can be read in full here

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