On 7 June 2016, James Burton appeared before the House of Lords Select Committee into the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill on behalf of the HS2 Action Alliance, in respect of the Promoter’s challenge to their locus standi.
The Action Alliance are arguably the leading route-wide petitioner and 7 June 2016 was the first day of several days scheduled for the hearing of the first tranche of the Promoter’s 400 or so locus standi challenges. As such, the 90 minute hearing involved the first substantive consideration of the range of the Promoter’s legal arguments concerning standing.
The Select Committee announced its decision in respect of this first tranche of locus standi challenges on the morning of 13 June 2016. The Action Alliance were one of only two action groups allowed standing, amongst only six petitioners as a whole. All others were refused standing.
The decision is at the beginning of the transcript, from paragraphs 1-18, which can be found by clicking here.