HS2 environmental case to face judicial review after £100,000 raised

Before and after: View of HS2 looking towards Wendover Dean
Before and after: View of HS2 looking towards Wendover Dean
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The environmental case for HS2 will be challenged in court again after enough money to fight the case was raised.

The HS2 Action Alliance needed to raise £100,000 by the end of May to fund a judicial review and a final push got them over the line, with £20,000 donated during the Bank Holiday weekend.

It means the group can now challenge the Government in the Court of Appeal about what is says is a ‘failure to comply with important legislation designed to protect the environment’.

The case is expected to go to court on June 10.

The group said: “A huge thank you to all of you who rose to the challenge and donated.”

A draft statement issued by HS2 Ltd detailing the environmental impacts of the high speed line is currently open to public consultation.

As part of this, a series of events are being held along the route where people will be able to look at maps of the area affected, read the consultation material and discuss the proposals with the HS2 Ltd team.

The action alliance is planning to hold its own alternate environment roadshows alongside the HS2 Ltd events.

HS2 Ltd events will be at Great Missenden Memorial Centre tomorrow (Thursday), Waddesdon village hall on Friday, Calvert Green village hall on June 4, Stoke Mandeville stadium on June 24 and Wendover Memorial Hall on June 29.

All the events are from midday to 8pm, apart from the one in Wendover, which is 10am to 5pm.