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HS2 protests at west London site costing millions, judge told

A lawyer representing HS2 on Monday told Judge David Holland about ‘relentless’ incidents in woodland area in Hillingdon.

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HS2 was described in court as ‘controversial’ (Steve Parsons/PA)

HS2 was described in court as ‘controversial’ (Steve Parsons/PA)

HS2 was described in court as ‘controversial’ (Steve Parsons/PA)

HS2 bosses have told a judge that continued protests by campaigners opposed to the high-speed rail line running through a woodland area in west London are costing millions of pounds.

A lawyer representing HS2 told Judge David Holland about “relentless” incidents.

Barrister Tom Roscoe said the costs of delay and security were in the region of £16 million.

Judge Holland made an order banning unlawful protest activities in and around a construction site in Hillingdon in May 2019.

But Mr Roscoe said protest had continued.

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Brothers Terry (left) and Paul Sandison spell out their message outside the High Court in London (Brian Farmer/PA)

Brothers Terry (left) and Paul Sandison spell out their message outside the High Court in London (Brian Farmer/PA)

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Brothers Terry (left) and Paul Sandison spell out their message outside the High Court in London (Brian Farmer/PA)

He said HS2 bosses wanted further orders preventing unlawful protest on land in their possession.

The judge is expected to consider making further orders at a hearing in the near future.

Mr Roscoe gave detail of costs at a preliminary virtual, hearing on Monday.

“The big problem is the sheer number of these incidents,” said Mr Roscoe. “It is relentless.”

He said the consequences were very serious and added: “The delay and additional security costs caused by these protests is in the region of £16 million.”

A barrister representing a campaigner involved told the judge that describing HS2 as “controversial” was an “understatement”.

Sailesh Mehta said there was “huge public opposition”.

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