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Ed Miliband says MPs will not give up fight to change HS2 route near Sheffield

Residents in South Yorkshire say they're living under a cloud of uncertainty over whether their homes will be demolished to make way for the proposed HS2 rail link.

While rest of the country learned the Government's preferred route today, Sheffield was the only place along the proposal to be left in limbo.

It comes after initial plans to run trains to a station at Meadowhall were shelved, meaning the new route would run right through a newly built housing development in Mexborough.

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband says there are better routes available to the government that would avoid bulldozing homes in his constituency.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports from Westminster.

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Protest in Rotherham over HS2

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Hundreds of people are expected at a protest against the high speed rail project in Rotherham today.

The revised proposal would see the HS2 line go through the villages of Aston and Bramley.

A marching band and members of the Parklands Equestrian Centre in Aston, which is on the proposed route, will be at the protest, which is taking place in Bramley, along with MP Kevin Barron.

Warning HS2 is 'running late and over budget'

HS2: MPs claim it is running 'over budget'

The High Speed 2 rail project is running millions of pounds over budget and likely to be delayed, a group of MPs has warned.

Members of the Public Accounts Committee say costs of the second phase of HS2 which takes the line to Leeds are more than £7 million over budget. The Department for Transport says the project is 'on time and on budget.'

Meg Hillier MP Chair of the Public Accounts Committee says the project is causing a lot of uncertainty locally.

Residents meet to discuss HS2 route concerns

Residents in South Yorkshire who face having their homes bulldozed to make way for a new HS2 rail route met last night to decide their next move as they campaign to save their neighbourhood.

The brand new Shimmer estate in Mexborough could be flattened, following changes to the proposed route for the high speed line. Local councillor Bev Chapman says it is more housing and people the town needs, not less.

And some residents, like Keeley Ronan had only moved into their new homes a few days before they heard the news.

Meanwhile HS2 Bosses will be on hand to answer questions at Mexborough Resource Centre, in Dolcliffe Road, from 12 noon today until 7 pm in the first of a series of roadshows being held throughout South Yorkshire to discuss proposed changes to the route.

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Concern from stately home over new HS2 route

Concern is growing at a stately home in Wakefield after it was announced that a new HS2 route could cut through its grounds.

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The National Trust conservation charity, which looks after the site at Nostell Priory, only found out about plans to build the rail route through their estate on Thursday.

At this point in time obviously we're worried and this is a beautiful place. And this is a very important house, it's collection is very important and we're here to look after it and obviously we need to know what they're going to do to look after this place.

– Jenny Layfield, National Trust

Major milestone for National College for High Speed Rail

The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster is one step closer after Doncaster Council received the planning application for consideration.

A decision on the application is expected towards the end of the year. Subject to the necessary approvals, construction of the 7,200 square metre three-storey building is scheduled to start in April 2016 and open its doors in September 2017.

The National College for High Speed Rail, which was established in July this year, will provide specialist vocational training for the future generations of engineers.

It represents the next step in developing the highly skilled workforce needed to build HS2, the largest infrastructure project Britain has seen for decades, as well as future rail infrastructure projects.

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