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"The Supreme Court has rejected a legal bid by objectors to the HS2 high-speed rail link to force further scrutiny of the government's plans.
"The challenge had focused on whether the government followed the rules when assessing HS2's environmental impact.
"But the court unanimously rejected the claims against the scheme.
"The BBC understands this is now the end of the first stage of the legal challenges, as there is no right of appeal to Europe.
"But there could be future challenges on the second phase of the scheme - beyond Birmingham - when the exact route is announced."