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Campaign against HS2 hits the buffers after outcome of Judicial Reviews

Campaigners fighting plans for a high speed rail line have been dealt a blow after the outcome of Judicial Reviews was revealed.

A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line

A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line

There had been challenges to a number of issues surrounding the planning of the HS2 project, which will cut through parts of Lichfield and surrounding villages.

But Mr Justice Ouseley only ruled against the government on the issue of consultation over compensation payments.

The outcome has been described as “good news” by the rail minister Simon Burns.

He told the BBC: “He [Mr Justice Ousley] has given us the “green light” to move forward.

“That is good news, because the project is in the national interest.”

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  1. melanie Frost

    10th June, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I increasing hear that our wildlife is in deep trouble as a member of the Surrey wildlife trust and the R.S.B.P I receive regular letters of help to save certain species and their actual habitat that is under threat. I’m completely outraged that the government seem totally unbothered by the extent of irreversible damage that Hs2 will be responsible for, plus the cost for all this seems utterly crazy they seem to be carrying on regardless to people’s objections. Just again I have notice how the conservative party are totally impassionate about the general public’s comments and concerns. Surely there are enough people against this project by the conservative’s that can rise up and stop it , I’d love to know more and wonder why nothing is having an impact on this decision maybe a yes/no questionnaire sent to each household would encourage some debate to stop HS2 from going ahead.

  2. suzy

    10th June, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Unfortunately, although Melanie Frost has come up with some good suggestions to encourage debate, the last thing this government wants to do on this issue is to give the public a voice. They must be aware of the opposition to this scheme by now, and one has to ask why they are totally ignoring the rational arguments put forward by those opposed to the HS2 scheme. It is an unpalatable fact that they will continue to put money before people and wildlife. The quality of life for those along the route including the wildlife is last on their list of priorities.