Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield
Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

Campaigners say the outcome of Judicial Review say they will continue to fight plans for high speed rail.

The Government won a significant victory in the continuing row over the HS2 scheme, which will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages.

A number of points regarding environmental and economic impact of the route had been raised, but Lord Justice Ousley only upheld criticisms of the compensation consultation process.

But Penny Gaines, the chair of Stop HS2, insists campaigners will not be derailed by the outcome.

“This was not a public inquiry, which would have looked at all the information about a high speed rail proposal,” she said. “The judicial review was specifically looking at the Secretary of State’s decision making process.

“The judge wasn’t even looking at whether the Secretary of State had made a bad decision, just at the process itself – and he found that there were mistakes in the decision making process.

“In fact, the judge explicitly said that he had not reached at the a view on the merits of HS2.

“Unlike the judge, Stop HS2 has looked for any merits in the HS2 proposal and found that they just aren’t there. We think that HS2 is a bad project, and that the costs will just escalate.

“The Government have already spent a quarter of a billion pounds. We think that the Department for Transport should stop wasting taxpayer money and cancel this project immediately.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.