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15.03.13

HS2 compensation process judged unlawful

The high court has ruled that the Government’s consultation process for compensating those affected by HS2 was “unlawful” – but four other cases were unsuccessful, meaning there should be no delay in the project’s timeline

Five cases were brought against the Government by councils, environmental campaigners and residents who will be affected by the route.

Mr Justice Ouseley decided in the Government’s favour on nine out of ten broad areas of challenge. Instead of appealing the one successful case, the consultation will be re-run, giving further consideration to other potential compensation methods.

A re-run property compensation consultation will not affect the HS2 construction timetable in any way, the DfT stated.

High speed rail minister Simon Burns said: “This is a major, landmark victory for HS2 and the future of Britain. The judge has categorically given the green light for the government to press ahead without delay in building a high speed railway from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

“HS2 is the most significant infrastructure investment the UK has seen in modern times and a project the country cannot afford to do without. The judgement ensures that nothing now stands in the way of taking our plans to Parliament.

“We will now move forward as planned with the crucial business of getting the scheme ready for construction in 2017 and delivering enormous benefits for the country.

“We have listened to the judge’s comments about the property compensation consultation and to save time and public money we will reconsult on this aspect – but this will not delay HS2. We remain fully committed to fairly compensating the public who are impacted by the scheme.”

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