The confirmed route for the second phase of the high-speed rail line HS2 has been announced by the Government. The line will run from the West Midlands to Leeds, and Crewe to Manchester, cutting through many rural areas.
The Birmingham to Leeds section will affect parts of North Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, mainly along the M42 and M1 corridors. We are heavily involved in HS2 Phase 1, from London to Birmingham, and have been working with our existing clients on Phase 2 to establish how they will be affected by the proposed routes, and what compensation they are entitled to.
The Government predicts the £56bn project will boost the economy, whilst critics declare it will claim some of Britain's most beautiful countryside.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling stated in an interview with the BBC: "It is not possible to build a major infrastructure project like this without having some effect on people on the route and I'm very sorry that that's the case.
"There will be measures in place to support them and some of the compensation measures available for people affected will start today.
Phase One is scheduled to open in December 2026, running from London to Birmingham.
Phase Two, will be a Y-shaped extension running to Yorkshire and North West England and beyond. It's due for completion in 2032-33.
James Collier, Partner and Howkins & Harrison’s HS2 lead, states "this will have a major impact on many of our rural clients and we are keen to help them in any way we can to see that they get the best possible outcome. Our Atherstone and Ashby de la Zouch offices put us in the right location for advising clients along the M42/M1 stretch, including the route revisions at Measham and East Midlands Airport"
If your land is affected by the routes announced today, we can help with compensation. Get in touch with James on 01827 721385 or Jeremy Watson (01788 564680) to see how we can help.