Harefield is one of the places facing the greatest destruction if HS2 were ever built.

A 3km-long viaduct across lakes at its southern fringe, noise echoing up and down the Colne Valley and years of traffic disruption, not to mention giant tunnel waste depositories on fields close by, mean Harefield would be scarred for life.

Today's (Wednesday) Supreme Court decision was greeted with fatalism and a pledge to fight on.

 

Doreen McIntyre, pictured , chairman of Harefield Against HS2, said: "Of course we are disappointed by today's decision but as HS2 Ltd themselves point out, the case was about a point of procedure, not about the HS2 project as a whole which has yet to be properly scrutinised by Parliament. 

"The Supreme Court has not endorsed the whole HS2 project - the judges have just let HS2 Ltd wriggle off the hook on one point.

"This judgement doesn't make HS2 any better than it was before - it's still an environmental disaster in the making and we will continue to fight it."