Have HS2, will travel

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The Govern­ment has re­leased its pre­ferred route for hs2 Phase 2b (at least, most of it), the sec­tion that runs from Crewe to Manch­ester and the West Mid­lands to Leeds. The bit that’s still a work in progress is around sh­effield— there has been con­tro­versy as to where the sta­tion will be, caus­ing a two-year de­lay in the route’s pub­li­ca­tion.

The orig­i­nal pro­posed sta­tion at Mead­owhall shop­ping cen­tre was scrapped and a city-cen­tre stop could re­place it, but this would in­volve the line cut­ting through the shim­mer es­tate in south York­shire, a new hous­ing devel­op­ment, and the de­mo­li­tion of up to 200 homes, which has se­verely dis­grun­tled lo­cal MP ed Miliband, not to men­tion those who live there.

Farm­ers who have been in sus­pense for the best part of three years are none too happy ei­ther; the route hasn’t changed much from the ini­tial brief. ‘The NFU will con­tinue lob­by­ing hard for those farm­ing busi­nesses af­fected by these plans,’ com­ments se­nior land­man­age­ment ad­viser Louise sta­ples. ‘We will sup­port our mem­bers through the process and fight for the best deal over lev­els of com­pen­sa­tion.’ Any­one liv­ing within 60m (200ft) of the route is en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion, although the depart­ment for Trans­port has said that this can be ex­tended.

The first phase of hs2, link­ing Lon­don and the West Mid­lands, is due to be com­pleted in 10 years’ time and build­ing work will start next year. The next sec­tion, to Crewe (Phase 2a), is due to open a year later in 2027. how­ever, the ma­jor­ity of this sec­ond Y-shaped sec­tion, if com­pleted on sched­ule, won’t be in use for another 17 years. Visit www.gov.uk/govern­ment/ or­gan­i­sa­tions/high-speed-twolim­ited for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion

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