New hous­ing es­tate will be bull­dozed to make way for HS2

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Laura Hughes

RES­I­DENTS liv­ing in a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in York­shire have been told their homes will be bull­dozed un­der the fi­nal plans for the HS2 route.

Min­is­ters have of­fi­cially con­firmed the line will go through South York­shire af­ter scrap­ping a pro­posed sta­tion in Mead­owhall, Sh­effield, in favour of a stop in that city’s cen­tre.

Some home own­ers found out about the high speed rail­way plans just weeks af­ter mov­ing on to the Shim­mer es­tate in Mexbor­ough, which was es­tab­lished in 2012. The De­part­ment for Trans­port con­firmed 16 prop­er­ties would be de­mol­ished on the es­tate. Res­i­dents in the prop­er­ties, which are worth be­tween £99,995 and £190,000, were left “an­gry and dis­tressed” last night in the wake of the an­nounce­ment.

HS2 claims the new route will af­fect fewer homes over­all, save more than £1bil­lion, and en­able peo­ple to travel to Lon­don from Sh­effield in 79 min­utes in­stead of the 120 min­utes it takes now.

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