High-speed rail link controversy

There is huge controversy over the proposed HS2 rail line with the Government claiming it is vital for the region's prosperity, but critics labelling it an expensive white elephant that could rip the heart out of some local communities.

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Counting the cost of the high-speed rail link

Homeowner Tony Heald fears the value of his house has been slashed because of the new high speed rail link. The route was announced two weeks ago and for Tony it means a huge tunnel will pass 35 metres under the front door of his family home.

Only those homes which need to be knocked down to make way for the rail link are entitled to compulsory purchase payments, but for Tony it means up to 75 thousand pounds could be wiped off the value of his property. Matt Price reports.

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