High Court gives HS2 go-ahead

A recent ruling by the High Court has effectively given the green light to the High Speed 2 (HS2) project.

The High Court has rejected 9 out of 10 challenges made against HS2 phase one (from London to Birmingham).

The challenges were brought to court by a number of local councils and the anti HS2 action alliance, about the way in which the route had been selected for the London to Birmingham line and about the environmental impact. A challenge about the way in which a consultation about compensation for property owners was carried out was upheld.

The final decision to start building HS2 will depend on a Hybrid Bill being agreed by Parliament and this will not be before the end of the year.

For those buying property in the vicinity of the route an HS2 report is available on any property (whether sale or purchase) which provides vital proximity information in relation to the property to include:

  • Distance from the property to the nearest point
  • Distance to nearest over land if nearest point is a tunnel
  • Speed of train at nearest point
  • Track type at nearest point e.g. tunnel, bridge, viaduct
  • Details of compensation scheme available
  • General time table of proposed construction works

Please contact any member of our residential property team for further details or advice.