Timetable set for HS2 judicial reviews

MHBG-30-09-10 HS2 Protest'Pictured - Protesters
MHBG-30-09-10 HS2 Protest'Pictured - Protesters

FIVE parties will be permitted to mount a legal challenge against HS2, a judge ruled yesterday, Thursday.

As part of a case management conference, Mr Justice Ouseley set a timetable for the hearings and put a limit on the opposition’s costs.

The five claims will be heard in the High Court, starting on December 3.

Campaigners say they expect the court to sit for eight days. The court will give a decision on each case once all five have been heard.

Transport secretary Justine Greening will also be asked to explain why some responses were left out of last year’s consultation results.

Speaking after the decision, Hilary Wharf, of the HS2 Action Alliance, said: “We are very pleased with today’s decision. Not only does the Judge agree our cases should be, and will be heard, but the Secretary of State has been forced to account for her actions in seemingly ignoring many consultation responses.”