August 14, 2020

TV star Chris Packham launches authorized problem to dam controversial multi-billion pound HS2 challenge


TV star Chris Packham has launched a authorized bid to halt the controversial HS2 challenge.

The Springwatch host claims the Authorities’s approval of the high-speed rail hyperlink is at odds with its goal to go carbon impartial by 2050.

Chris Packham has launched a authorized problem to dam the Authorities’s multi-billion pound HS2 challenge
Oliver Dixon – The Solar

Chris, 58, signed up solicitors Leigh Day to put in writing to Boris Jonson difficult his resolution to offer the nod to the multi-billion pound scheme.

The high-speed community would hyperlink London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Within the letter, the naturalist referred to as the Oakervee evaluate — which final month strongly warned the PM towards cancelling HS2 — “compromised, incomplete and flawed”.

He says the evaluate didn’t bear in mind the potential influence of HS2 on carbon emissions.

The preliminary environmental evaluation for the challenge was printed in 2013 — lengthy earlier than ex-PM Theresa Could dedicated the Authorities to going carbon impartial by 2050.

Mr Packham stated the bid to cease HS2 from going forward was the “final stand for nature and the atmosphere”.

He added: “In regard to the HS2 rail challenge I consider our authorities has failed.”


The Division for Transport stated it would reply “in the end” to the enchantment.

Final week plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow airport had been hit after campaigners gained a authorized problem.

Judges dominated it was illegal as a result of the plans didn’t bear in mind the Authorities’s local weather change commitments.

The high-speed community would hyperlink London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds
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