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10/06/2013
Could HS2 Be Stopped In It's Tracks Today?? Bucks County Council Take It To Court Again.


 

Could HS2 Be Stopped In It's Tracks Today?? Bucks County Council Take It To Court Again.

News > Local
6:20am 10th June 2013.

Bucks County Council is continuing it's fight againts HS2 today.

It's one of 51 councils who've lodged an appeal against the Judicial Review decision to go ahead with the 34-billion pound project.

That appeal will be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice today, along with 2 others who weren;t happy with the outcome of the Judicial Review.

Councillor Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and Chairman of the 51 alliance of local authorities opposed to HS2 said:

"All we want is a full and fair assessment of the HS2 proposal and we hope the Appeal Court will ensure this happens so that the Government looks at it again. All along we have been saying that the business case is flawed, the environmental impact is damaging, the effect on Euston and Camden would be devastating and there has been no fair and proper consultation on, or consideration of, the alternatives.

"Recent developments show we are right. When the case for HS2 is properly examined, it is shown to be lacking. The damning report by the Government's own National Audit Office confirmed what we have been saying - it questions the business case and shows that the supposed regeneration benefits are unproven. The BBC's 'Newsnight' investigation has raised serious doubts about the assumptions used in the Department for Transport's case and even the Major Projects Authority has found the programme 'Amber/Red'- unlikely to deliver on time or budget.

"The DfT cannot keep in denial-'hiding its head in the sand' and saying that opponents are a small minority of 'NIMBYS'. This is a seriously flawed project with an overrunning budget that is likely to top £58 billion (including trains and operating costs). At a time of national austerity it is very poor value for hard pressed taxpayers'. Our Appeal, if successful, will provide the opportunity for a serious rethink of transport priorities and investment in road and rail schemes across the whole country, bringing jobs and growth now when we need them."

It's not just 51m and Bucks County Council who are in court today. Also appealing the outcome of the judicial review are HS2 Action Alliance and Heathrow.

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