Supreme Court dismisses anti-HS2 appeals
The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected two appeals brought against HS2 by opponents of the scheme. The decision follows a Court of Appeal ruling in July 2013, which the government won on all seven areas of challenge.
The Court, however, granted some appellants the right of appeal to the Supreme Court on two counts:
One appeal (spearheaded by the HS2 Action Alliance) was lodged on the grounds that the government had failed to comply with the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive. The other appeal (led by local authorities) was that the Hybrid Bill would breach the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive.
Both grounds of appeal have now been dismissed. This effectively gives the government the green light to proceed with construction (scheduled to begin in 2017).