Homes blighted by HS2 route
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.