Legal bid launched to save homes from rail threat
A group of councils has launched a judicial review of the government’s decision to press ahead with a £33 billion rail project which could destroy hundreds of homes.
Earlier this year, Justine Greening, transport secretary, announced she had given the go-ahead for the high speed two rail project. The rail line would begin in Camden – demolishing more than 200 homes and putting a further 200 plus at risk of demolition – and finish in Birmingham.
Yesterday, 51m – the alliance of local councils opposed to the scheme - lodged their judicial review with the High Court on the grounds that there had been inadequate consultation and the impact on Euston Station had not been properly considered. The group also argue that environmental information was not considered.
Martin Tett, chairman of 51m and leader of Buckinghamshire Council, said the group considered it had ‘no alternative’ to legal action after being ‘excluded’ from consultation on the plans.
‘It is clear that there is a much cheaper and more efficient alternative way to meet growth in demand,’ he said. ‘This would benefit far more towns and cities in the midlands and north of England and avoid knocking down hundreds of houses outside Euston Station. We have clear legal advice that there is a substantial case to be made against the government for the cavalier way they took this decision.’
He added that analysis has shown the business case for high speed two is ‘fundamentally flawed’ and the link ‘doesn’t deliver the extra capacity where and when it is needed on the main commuter routes and it fails to help regenerate manufacturing industry in this country’.