Chris Packham loses appeal against HS2 rail project

Posted: July 31, 2020 by oldbrew in Legal, News, Travel


‘Environmentalists say the impact of the project will lead to irreversible damage’ reports newsdevelops.com. But what about the ‘damage’ of not building it – shortage of goods train capacity, lack of seats forcing people on to other modes of travel, etc.? Trying to put the brakes on modern life via the courts has failed this time, but it surely won’t be the last attempt.
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The broadcaster Chris Packham has lost his case against HS2 in the Court of Appeal.

Environmentalists say the high-speed rail project is leading to irreversible destruction of ancient habitats and woodlands.

Packham said the case for HS2 should be revisited despite Friday’s ruling against him.

The judgment refused permission on two grounds for a judicial review into the cabinet’s decision to give the multibillion pound project the “green signal” in February.

Packham believes the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on public finances and the need for a green recovery has undone the business and environmental case for HS2.

“Obviously we are deeply disappointed by today’s ruling. But the fact is, we are a world away from the place we were when we issued the original claim for judicial review,” he said.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. ivan says:

    Strange but here in France we have the TGV that runs on upgraded local lines with the local trains. HS2 is nothing more than a vanity project that the UK can’t afford, unless they intend running a train every half hour in each direction it will be nothing more than a white elephant that more taxpayers money than it returns.

    I can’t see them allowing normal goods trains to run on their over priced rails so how is that going to help the ‘shortage of goods train capacity’? And what about passengers that want intermediate stops/ Travelling on HS2 for those people will just mean more traffic on the local lines NOT less and will end up with passengers paying more for their travel and possibly taking longer.

    In fact I think the idea was instigated by some stupid politician from the point of view of showing France ‘how it should be done’ rather than upgrading the existing rail network.

  2. JB says:

    Since Gates has made it plain he wants restricted travel, such projects could only serve to help crash economies in the short-term.

  3. oldbrew says:

    HS2 argues:
    By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going.

    The West Coast Main Line is Europe’s busiest mixed-use railway, accommodating fast inter-city services, stopping commuter trains and freight. By putting high speed services on a dedicated line, HS2 will allow more trains and fewer delays along this route. Freight transport will also benefit from this.

    https://www.hs2.org.uk/why/capacity/


    Caption: “HS2’s new line supplements three major main lines by releasing capacity on them”
    [click on image to enlarge]
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    Or you could argue it’s just an expensive way of extending the London commuter belt.

    ‘Environmentalists say the impact of the project will lead to irreversible damage’
    Are we supposed to have a Victorian era rail system forever?

  4. Stephen Richards says:

    oldbrew says:
    August 1, 2020 at 8:35 am

    The system would be a whole lot better if it was like the victorian era or just after. The rail network was destroyed under Beecham and it’s fundamental purpose lost.

  5. oldbrew says:

    SR – some of the old lines are being reopened now, either as rail or tramway.

    The car has become a victim of its own success in towns and cities.

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