HS2 compensation worry for residents

Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
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Residents living on the proposed High Speed 2 route in Sheffield have called on the Government to resolve the uncertainly surrounding compensation.

People currently occupying houses on Greasbro Road, Tinsley, have been told some of their homes will have to be demolished to make way for the new tracks.

The 225mph trains will stop at a new station at Sheffield Meadowhall and will cut journeys to London to 69 minutes from 127 minutes.

Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, said: “Greasbro Road residents didn’t invite these proposals for the loss of their homes.

“However, they recognise they are being asked to move out of their homes for the greater good of the country.

“Their concerns are about how this will be done and the compensation they will receive.

“But there is a real problem. The Government has only indicated its preferred route and proper consultation on Phase 2 – the route through Sheffield – is yet to begin.

He said residents wanted to know whether those forced to move would get 100 per cent of the market value of their properties, plus a payment for the loss of their home.

The £40billion scheme will link London to Birmingham with branches to Manchester and Leeds, via Sheffield, by 2032.