HS2 - date set for court hearing in December
A DATE for the court case to overturn the Government’s decision to press ahead with the High Speed 2 rail project has been announced.
Altogether there will be five separate cases, the main one launched by a combination of 15 different local authorities - including Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council - who collectively call themselves the 51m group.
The name comes from the estimate that the scheme to link London, Birmingham, the North and Scotland would cost every parliamentary constituency £51 million.
At a meeting on July 27 all parties met in London with the judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, and set a timetable for all five cases to be heard together, but organised separately, starting on December 3.
Warwick District Council leader Cllr Michael Doody said: “We are delighted that the judge has decided to review this case in respect of the HS2 project which has no credible business plan and is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“In a time of national austerity we must continue to protect our local businesses and residents who will not benefit from HS2.”
Cllr Doody firmly believes the projected £32 billion cost of HS2 would be better spent on enhancing the current railway networks as a whole instead of just two cities - London and Birmingham’s Curzon Street.
Thousands of homes and businesses are believed affected by the proposals.
· This article was corrected on August 7, 2012.
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