Court of Appeal Decision

Today in the Court of Appeal we had a split decision on HS2AA’s environmental case, where we argued that the Government should have conducted a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the proposed high speed line, and were in breach of the SEA Directive. In the decision handed down from the Appeal Court today 2 judges (the Master of the Rolls and Lord Justice Richards) sided against us and Lord Justice Sullivan agreed with us (that an SEA should have been done). On the basis of this HS2AA appealed to have the case heard by the Supreme Court – the highest court in the land – and their request was granted by the court this morning. Hilary Wharf director HS2AA said “We will continue our fight in the courts to make sure that the Government does not duck its environmental responsibilities over HS2”. The detailed judgement (62 pages) is here.

The other cases taken by 51m and Heathrow Hub were also rejected by the Court of Appeal, but the requests to appeal the environmental decisions (SEA and EIA) to the Supreme Court were granted.

You can hear some of the media interviews on the day: Daybreak (Breakfast TV), Sky News  and read our letter to Maria Eagle, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport here.

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