Feb 23 2012 By Lawrence Poole
THE fight to force the government into a U-turn over the HS2 route has intensified after it was confirmed more than 70 groups along the route are campaigning for a judicial review.
Many of them have written to the transport secretary Justine Greening and warned her to change her decision or face a legal challenge.
The latest groups to confirm their intentions to fight the London to Birmingham route are the Chiltern Society and the Chesham
and Amersham Conservative Association.
They have joined Bucks County Council, the HS2 Amersham Action Group, the HS2 Action Alliance and the Chilterns Conservation Board in our area in calling for Ms Justine Greening to quash the London to Birmingham plans or face a judicial review.
Protesters are now trying to raise £200,000 to fund the review on the route through the heart of the
Chiltern Society's chairman
Alison Doggett said: “The society has never been opposed to high speed rail in principle.
“We are members of the Right Lines Charter, a body of nationally influential environmental groups working with the government to try and ensure that further high speed rail development in Britain is
environmentally sound and within the context of a national transport strategy.”
She added: “The government however, is intent on railroading HS2 through in its current form and we believe that in its indecent haste it has failed to follow the necessary procedures needed to reach such a fundamental decision.”
Protesters have until April 9 to put in their legal challenge and try and force the government into a U-turn on their high-speed plans.
The society is hoping to raise £20,000 towards potential legal costs.