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Planned HS2 route protected from future development

Mon 15 Jul 2013

The proposed route for the first phase of HS2 has been safeguarded from future development.

This means no building projects can potentially conflict with the planned high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham.

In addition, homeowners who live close to the route will be able to ask the government to purchase their property under statutory blight procedures.

Applicants who succeed will then be given the unblighted open market value of their home, with their relocation costs being covered as well.

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, believes this is an "important milestone" that shows the project is moving "from the drawing board towards construction".

He insisted the government recognises the distress of individuals who live along the planned route, which is why it is committed to processing claims to purchase their homes as quickly as possible.

Mr McLoughlin added that HS2 represents a "once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive growth, generate jobs and secure our country's future prosperity".

For further information on any of the points raised in this article please contact our Transport and Infrastructure Team

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