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HS2 legal hearing finishes

The five Judicial Reviews into High Speed 2 (HS2) finished in the High Court yesterday following a nine day hearing.

This week’s hearing mostly focused on the compensation claims brought by HS2 Action Alliance - a not for profit organisation working with over 70 local communities - and Aylesbury Golf Club.

Last week and Monday the hearings focused on claims brought by Heathrow Hub - a private company set up to promote high speed rail at Heathrow, and 51M - a collection of 15 councils along the proposed route, as well as HS2 Action Alliance.

A decision is expected early next year as judge Justice Ouseley considers the evidence put forward during the hearings.

The government wants the first leg of HS2 between London and Birmingham to be built by 2026, but if judge Justice Ouseley upholds any of the claims this could be delayed.

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