hs2 westminster protest
THE coming year will be a pivotal one for people on either side of the HS2 divide.
The result of the judicial review and the delayed announcement about Phase Two – which includes the route of the Heathrow Spur – are both expected early in 2013, giving campaigners a welcome break during Christmas and the new year before the fight kicks off again.
The judicial review has given campaigners a renewed sense of optimism and they are hoping for a late Christmas present from Mr Justice Ouseley, the judge who heard the review.
Joe Rukin of Stop HS2 said: “There have been very detailed cases put against HS2, which when all combined together show quite starkly that the government has rushed HS2 through and not only ignored any objections or suggestions which could make the scheme better, but they also seem to have ignored the principle of fairness and their legal obligations.
“We are sad that it has had to come to this. We just wish the government had listened to us beforehand, but they have been completely intransigent and unwilling to hear a single word.
“We now have to go away and enjoy Christmas and pray that the new year brings new hope.”
Below we have set out a timetable of key dates in 2013. As anyone who has followed the progress of HS2 will know, these dates are by no means concrete so could change and, if history is any guide, probably will, right at the last minute.
January – Decision on the judicial reviews brought against the government expected to be announced by Mr Justice Ouseley.
January 31 – Property and compensation consultation ends.
February – Next round of community forums.
Early 2013 – The loser of vthe judicial review is expected to announce whether or not the decision will be appealed.
Early 2013 – An announcement is expected on the preferred route for Phase Two of the line (Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds, and the Heathrow Spur).
SPRING 2013 – A consultation will begin on HS2’s environmental statement based on the Environmental Impact Assessment.
SPRING OR SUMMER – A protest walk against the HS2 project is planned through Denham and Chalfont St Peter.
April – Another round of community forums. More to be held in June, August, October and November.
December – If the government has won the judicial reviews, a hybrid bill will be put before parliament to provide the necessary powers to construct and operate Phase One of the high-speed line.