Dec 3 2012 By Carl Gavaghan
The judicial review into the decision to approve HS2 has begun at the High Court this morning.
Mr Justice Ouseley has been hearing evidence from Nathalie Lieven QC on behalf of the 51m groups of councils.
Ms Lieven told the court that it was her submission that the decision to proceed with HS2 was taken without proper consultation.
It centres around whether the decision was for phase 1 (London to Birmingham) or the entire route.
The 51m argument is that the impact was only assessed for London to Birmingham.
Ms Lieven said: "The decision talks about the line as a whole, there is only one mention of phases.
"This means the consultation takes in all of the benefits but only half the disbenefits."
The review will last for seven days with the 51m case being heard today and tomorrow.