Homes blighted by HS2 route

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

THE high-speed rail link which got the go-ahead this week will blight thou­sands of prop­er­ties, ac­cord­ing to es­tate agents.

Many home own­ers have al­ready re­ported be­ing un­able to sell their prop­er­ties in ar­eas along the route of the HS2 scheme, which will cut jour­ney times be­tween Lon­don and Birm­ing­ham by 30 min­utes. The sec­ond phase will take the route to Manch­ester and Leeds. The Govern­ment is still run­ning the vol­un­tary ex­cep­tional hard­ship scheme to help home own­ers who have been strug­gling to sell their prop­er­ties be­cause of uncer­tainty as to the ex­act route of the line and will serve com­pul­sory pur­chase or­ders on the prop­er­ties it con­sid­ers most af­fected – but not un­til at least 2015.

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