News Items on the Judicial Review

Evening Standard: HS2 will close Camden Town and cost borough £1 billion, council tells court

The controversial High Speed 2 rail link between London and Birmingham will cost Camden £1 billion in damage, the council warned the High Court yesterday.

Inside Housing: Councils take HS2 challenge to High Court

Camden Council, which could be forced to demolish 477 homes if plans for High Speed 2 go ahead, joined 14 other local authorities to launch a judicial review yesterday.

Sarah Hayward, Labour leader of Camden Council, said the government’s plans were ‘fundamentally flawed’, adding that the decision to green light the ambitious project was taken without knowing its potential impact.

Daily Telegraph: A blight on rural England: 170,000 homes already hit by high speed rail

An estimated 172,000 homes have been blighted by plans to build a high speed rail line from London to Birmingham, the High Court has been told, as a challenge to the plans is launched.

Stratford on Avon: Judicial Reviews against HS2 start Monday 3 December

Two residents who are being severely impacted by the HS2 route added their concerns;

Yorkshire Post: Court fight to derail HS2 rail plans

Opponents of the Government’s HS2 high-speed rail scheme have asked the High Court to declare the £34bn project legally flawed and send it back for reconsideration.

This is Tamworth: North Warwickshire and other councils in court to oppose HS2 high speed rail link plan

Ian Waddell, Chair of Middleton Action Group added: “Should this flawed and incredibly expensive project proceed, the impact on the people and environment of North Warwickshire will be as devastating as anywhere in the country.

“Not only do we have the huge ‘Delta’ junction at Water Orton involving massive concrete bridges over the motorways and within a stones throw of homes and a primary school, but we now learn that the proposed ‘Y’ junction branching off to Leeds is to be located just to the south of the M42 near to Curdworth”

Bucks Free Press: HS2 judicial review: Govt overcrowding argument ‘misleading’

A KEY government argument for the HS2 scheme centring on train overcrowding is ‘misleading’, while northerners have not been properly consulted on the route, said opponents of the controversial rail plan during the first day of a judicial review.

Thame Today: HS2 judicial review latest: HS2 claims dealt a major blow as central argument that ‘trains are full’ is not shown in DfT’s own figures

One of the key claims used to justify building HS2 was blown out of the water in a dramatic first day at the High Court – when it emerged trains on one of Britain’s busiest routes are only half full (writes Andrew Kay, from the High Court).

Oxford Times: HS2 campaigners take challenge to High Court

CAMPAIGNERS fighting Government proposals to build a high-speed rail link that would cut through Oxfordshire have taken their case to the High Court.

The London-Birmingham link would cut across north-east Oxfordshire, near Finmere, close to the Northamptonshire border.

Bucks Free Press: Council chief “quietly confident” about HS2 High Court battle

A COUNCIL chief says he feels “quietly confident” of success in the Judicial Review into the proposed £32bn High Speed 2 plan.

Camden New Journal: HS2 Judicial Review: Government accused of ‘shambolic’ consultation

Day Three at the High Court drew to a close with Heathrow Hub Ltd outlining its case to the review.

The company is arguing, through Rupert Warren QC, that its response for a direct line to join with the airport was not fully considered before the spur option was chosen.

Camden New Journal: HS2 Judicial Review – updates as they happen

THE government’s omission of responses for its consultation on HS2 has been branded ‘calamitous’ at the High Court today (Thursday) writes JACK ABELL

Ham and High: HS2 could cost Camden £1billion, High Court told

Camden Town Hall has warned the High Court that the controversial High Speed 2 rail project could cost the borough £1billion in damages as the council launched its legal challenge to derail the scheme.

North Warwickshire council website: Judicial Review of HS2 to last all week

Councils challenge government in court on proposed High Speed Rail link.

(Includes links to transcripts of the Judicial Review Day one, two,three and four.)

THE 15 councils opposing the high speed rail link, HS2, will be in court on 3rd December where their judicial review of the Government’s decision to press ahead with the £34billion project will be heard.

Camden New Journal: Council leader Sarah Hayward tells High Court that HS2 rail scheme will cause uncertainty and disruption to homes, businesses and schools

TOWN Hall leader Sarah Hayward has told the High Court how Camden is facing a catastrophic deal in the face of government plans to build a high-speed rail link to Birmingham.

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