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HS2 protesters 'have a point'

The High Court will rule later on legal challenges suggesting the government failed to follow proper procedures before approving the HS2 rail scheme.

Judicial reviews have been brought by protest groups claiming failures in consultation and in assessing the high-speed link's environmental impact.

The government has said it "struck the right balance" between people's concerns and the national interest.

Speaking to Today business presenter Simon Jack, Sim Harris, managing editor of Railnews, explained that these protestors "have a point" and may cause delays of "quite a few months" to the development of HS2 as the consultation might have to be run again.

"I don't think its a show stopper", he said, and explained that HS2 has to go ahead because the current railway system is "uncomfortably full".

"If we don't build HS2 what do we do?" he asked.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 15 March 2013.

  • 15 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK