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HS2 legal challenge begins

A week long legal challenge against High Speed 2 (HS2) got underway today.

The challenge is being brought by 51m, a group which represents 15 councils along the route, the HS2 action alliance (HS2AA), Heathrow Hub and Aylesbury Park Golf Club.

A judicial review will be consider whether the consultation was adequate; whether enough information was provided; whether the project complies with the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations 2004 and whether enough consideration was given to the impact of HS2 on other parts of the transport infrastructure, among others.

Director of the protest group HS2 Action Alliance Hilary Wharf said: “HS2AA has raised the money for the legal actions from many hundreds of individual donations from ordinary people who feel angered and frustrated by the Government’s flawed decision to proceed. This has enabled HS2AA to employ two top legal teams. We are confident in our arguments and while Government has consistently ignored the compelling case against HS2, they can’t ignore the courts.”

HS2 is due to have its first leg - a high speed train running from London to Birmingham - built by 2026. The second leg - a Y-shaped connection with trains running to Manchester and Leeds - is due to be finished in the 2030s.

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