Motorway inquiries

Two recent decisions once again emphasise the difficulty for objectors in challenging successfully the procedures for adopting major highway schemes. Both concerned sections of the M25 London orbital motorway.

Mayes v Minister of Transport and another (Court of Appeal, 4 February 1982) concerned a public inquiry into the Leatherhead interchange of the M25. The objectors had attempted to re-open the question of the line of the motorway section, although this issue had already been decided upon following a separate inquiry held some seven years previously.

In what the Court described as a 'highly ingenious' argument, based on interpretation of th

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