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Residents living next to M1 will also have HS2 on their doorsteps

Brian Dewberry's house price may drop Photo: ITV News Central

Residents on a Nottinghamshire housing estate, which backs onto the M1 motorway, have now discovered they will have the HS2 high speed rail line on their doorstep as well.

The route, unveiled by the Government on Monday, will pass between the motorway and houses on Bolingey Way in Hucknall.

Today several people on the estate said they had no idea the new railway would be so close to their homes until they were made aware by ITV News Central.

For some who live just a few hundred metres from the M1, which was widened to eight lanes in 2010, the HS2 track will be even closer.

Brian Dewberry, who lived on the estate for 15 years, said, "I'm rather surprised – I didn't realise it was going to come so close to these properties. I think it will devalue the properties because we'll get noise."

A view of the M1 Credit: ITV News Central

There are also concerns about the impact of the £32bn project on the National Forest. The proposed route would cut through a section of new woodland near Ashby and Measham in Leicestershire. Simon Evans, Operations Director with the National Forest Company, estimated that the line would affect 70 hectares of the Forest, destroying around 140,000 young trees planted in the last few years.

Our priority is to ensure that the newly-planted areas are compensated with new tree planting that will come with the rail scheme to mitigate the impact on the landscape.

– Simon Evans, Operations Director with the National Forest Company

A tunnel will also be constructed to take the HS2 line under East Midlands Airport. But today the Chief Executive of Ryanair, Michael O' Leary – who was at the airport to announce the airline's new summer routes – dismissed any suggestion that the project could cause disruption to air passengers.

I have every confidence that the airport's services won't be affected. We intend to continue to grow here at East Midlands Airport.

– Michael O' Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair

In response, HS2 Ltd released a statement regarding property concerns.

The Government and HS2 Ltd will work with MPs, local authorities, station city delivery partners and others, including environment and heritage organisations, to refine these plans. This will be followed by a public consultation later this year before any decision is taken on where the line will finally run.**

– Ian Jordan, HS2 Ltd Director for Leeds, Manchester and Heathrow

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