The hearing of a number of judicial review challenges to the Government’s decision to proceed with a high speed rail link from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester started in the High Court today (Monday 3 December). Mr Justice Ouseley will be hearing challenges brought, amongst others, by 15 local authorities located along the route of HS2. The local authorities contend that the Government’s decision to proceed in Parliament by way of the hybrid bill procedure breaches EU environmental law (the EIA Directive), that the consultation leading to the decision was faulty, that the Government failed to comply with its public sector equalities duty and that, in a number of respects, the decision was irrational.
The challenges have been featured in the following press articles:
Kassie Smith is acting for the local authorities.