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High-Speed Rail Dispute Goes to U.K. Supreme Court in October

Opponents of a U.K. government plan to construct a 33 billion-pound ($51 billion) high-speed rail line through England will take their case to the Supreme Court in October.

A group of local councils, residents and activists will challenge the plan at a two-day hearing starting Oct. 15, the Supreme Court said in an e-mail today. The opponents say the rail line violates environmental law and the government failed to take into consideration the concerns of people living near the project.

HS2 trains could reach speeds as high as 225 miles (362 kilometers) per hour and would run between London and Birmingham, with future spurs to Leeds and Manchester. The line would run through the Chiltern hills, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Local governments, residents and a golf club near the route oppose it as noisy and intrusive.

Two lower courts have already dismissed most of the claims made by HS2 Action Alliance, a not-for-profit umbrella group working against the project.

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