HS2 commissioner to help Sheffield people with compensation claims

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People living close to the planned route of the HS2 railway line who may be eligible to receive Government compensation are to get help.

An independent ‘residents’ commissioner’ is being recruited to help people affected by the new route.

The new route is set to include a Sheffield link – with a final decision still to be taken on whether the station would be at Meadowhall or in the city centre.

Sheffield would be part of an eastern leg of HS2 between the East Midlands and Leeds.

The residents’ commissioner is expected to be appointed by the end of the year, with a charter to support those living close to the route also being drawn up.

HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins said: “Britain needs a new railway line to ease crowding on the current network and to improve connections between our biggest cities.

“But it is essential people living close to the planned route understand what payments may be available to them.

“The Residents’ Charter and Commissioner is our commitment to making that happen.

“The commissioner is independent and will make their views, findings and recommendations publicly available every three months.”

Current plans for Sheffield to be included in the second phase of the multi-billion pound scheme mean the link is not due to be in place until the early 2030s.

Proposals for the 115-mile route include the creation of a new station at Meadowhall, with project bosses claiming journey times to London would be cut to little more than an hour.

But discussions are still continuing over where Sheffield’s prospective station should be based.

Sheffield Council has been campaigning for the terminal to be located at the old Victoria Station site rather than the Government’s preferred site at Meadowhall .

Rotherham and Barnsley authorities both favour a station at Meadowhall.