HS2 court case dismissed by judge

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill

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A COURT has rejected a Judicial Review challenge against HS2 - leading to a transport boss telling campaigners "not to waste money on costly and fruitless court cases".

The Amersham-based HS2 Action Alliance brought a case against HS2 Ltd to court along with Hillingdon Council, claiming the company behind the controversial scheme should have carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment as part of the project.

But their case was dismissed by a judge at the High Court on Wednesday, August 6.

A previous court hearing found in favour of HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport on nine out of ten claims brought forward by campaigners.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said after Wednesday's judgment: "The High Court has once again dismissed a Judicial Review in respect of HS2.

"I invite interested groups to work with us through the Parliamentary process on making HS2 the very best it can be, and not to waste money on costly and fruitless court cases.

"The project had a huge vote of support in Parliament, recognising the importance of HS2 for the long term economy of the country. It will provide jobs, skills and free up space on our congested network for more trains and more passengers."

In a statement the groups which brought the case to court said: "Hillingdon Council and HS2AA are disappointed that the High Court has dismissed their judicial review claim.

"The Safeguarding Directions issued by the government have not been subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment, as required by European Law, and the judicial system, which is supposed to enforce this law in a consistent manner has, once again, allowed the government to treat itself as a special case, regardless of the environmental harm which will be caused by its failure to observe its legal obligations."

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11:34am Tue 12 Aug 14

s6blr says...

Fantastic news -- common sense in a UK court.

Buy him a pint :)
Fantastic news -- common sense in a UK court. Buy him a pint :) s6blr
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5:10pm Tue 12 Aug 14

pennman says...

According to the property press, it's already 25% over budget in terms of buying in the land (a mere £700m) as the budget assumes no land price increases since 2011 and now!
There's more reason to re-examine the financial viability rather than looking at whether the proper procedure was followed to obtain consent.
According to the property press, it's already 25% over budget in terms of buying in the land (a mere £700m) as the budget assumes no land price increases since 2011 and now! There's more reason to re-examine the financial viability rather than looking at whether the proper procedure was followed to obtain consent. pennman
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9:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

gpn01 says...

pennman wrote:
According to the property press, it's already 25% over budget in terms of buying in the land (a mere £700m) as the budget assumes no land price increases since 2011 and now!
There's more reason to re-examine the financial viability rather than looking at whether the proper procedure was followed to obtain consent.
And £384 Million spent with nothing to show for it?http://johnredwoo
dsdiary.com/2014/08/
12/hs2-where-has-all
-the-money-gone/
[quote][p][bold]pennman[/bold] wrote: According to the property press, it's already 25% over budget in terms of buying in the land (a mere £700m) as the budget assumes no land price increases since 2011 and now! There's more reason to re-examine the financial viability rather than looking at whether the proper procedure was followed to obtain consent.[/p][/quote]And £384 Million spent with nothing to show for it?http://johnredwoo dsdiary.com/2014/08/ 12/hs2-where-has-all -the-money-gone/ gpn01
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12:43am Wed 13 Aug 14

FLiszt says...

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said after Wednesday's judgement: "The project had a huge vote of support in Parliament."

It's had overwhelming Parliamentary votes from all of the three legacy parties, showing their local councillor and MP representatives have failed - if they were ever really trying - to achieve anything for locals.

There is only one national party which has been, and remains consistently against HS2: UKIP. Vote for and join UKIP to stop it, now, before its too late.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said after Wednesday's judgement: "The project had a huge vote of support in Parliament." It's had overwhelming Parliamentary votes from all of the three legacy parties, showing their local councillor and MP representatives have failed - if they were ever really trying - to achieve anything for locals. There is only one national party which has been, and remains consistently against HS2: UKIP. Vote for and join UKIP to stop it, now, before its too late. FLiszt
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2:18am Thu 14 Aug 14

John Smith II says...

Perhaps given the local opposition to HS2 on alleged environmental grounds, there is also widespread support in Buckinghamshire to the closure and grassing over of the eyesore through the Chilterns that is the M40?
Perhaps given the local opposition to HS2 on alleged environmental grounds, there is also widespread support in Buckinghamshire to the closure and grassing over of the eyesore through the Chilterns that is the M40? John Smith II
  • Score: 3

10:59am Mon 25 Aug 14

MrsB0780 says...

Those for HS2 obviously aren't being directly affected by it! We have worked hard to better ourselves and give a good future for our two small children. We bought a house in a lovely area when the hs2 plans were unclear and unavailable. We have since been told that all tunnelling waste is to be deposited in fields opposite our house and our Roads and area in ickenham will be unrecognisable. The toxins and dust from the waste from the report will affect our already asthma stricken toddlers! Who do we contact to pursue the fact that our children's health will be jeopardised by this and that those of the local primary school as well as residents. We live just over 350m from the line in Breakspear road south and are not legible for a single penny in compensation!!! People need to wake up and realise that a cut in time to get somewhere quicker is actually not only costing billions of pounds but costing the quality of life for adults and children - especially residents in Ickenham who do not benefit from it what so ever!!!!!! If hs2 want support from residents in the borough they need to at least extend the tunnel beyond ickenham if this monster has to proceed and offer proper compensation!! I've always voted conservative but now I'll be voting against any party that is for HS2!! A very common opinion in hillingdon / ickenham- perhaps UKIP will stop this hey!!!!after all they seem to be listening- interesting votes at the next big election hey!!
Those for HS2 obviously aren't being directly affected by it! We have worked hard to better ourselves and give a good future for our two small children. We bought a house in a lovely area when the hs2 plans were unclear and unavailable. We have since been told that all tunnelling waste is to be deposited in fields opposite our house and our Roads and area in ickenham will be unrecognisable. The toxins and dust from the waste from the report will affect our already asthma stricken toddlers! Who do we contact to pursue the fact that our children's health will be jeopardised by this and that those of the local primary school as well as residents. We live just over 350m from the line in Breakspear road south and are not legible for a single penny in compensation!!! People need to wake up and realise that a cut in time to get somewhere quicker is actually not only costing billions of pounds but costing the quality of life for adults and children - especially residents in Ickenham who do not benefit from it what so ever!!!!!! If hs2 want support from residents in the borough they need to at least extend the tunnel beyond ickenham if this monster has to proceed and offer proper compensation!! I've always voted conservative but now I'll be voting against any party that is for HS2!! A very common opinion in hillingdon / ickenham- perhaps UKIP will stop this hey!!!!after all they seem to be listening- interesting votes at the next big election hey!! MrsB0780
  • Score: 1

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