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Two HS2 staff 'earn more than the Prime Minister'

Artist impression of a High Speed train Credit: HS2 Ltd.

Official documents have revealed two staff working on the HS2 project earn more than Prime Minister David Cameron.

HS2 Ltd employ more than 200 staff, one of whom earns in excess of £160,000 a year, with another earning a salary of more than £170,000.

In contrast David Cameron's annual pay is £145,000.

The figures were revealed in a letter to the shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle after she requested a breakdown of how much staff at the Department for Transport owned company were paid.

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HS2 compensation controversy, full report

There is fresh controversy tonight over plans for a high speed rail link between Birmingham and London.

New figures have revealed that two-thirds of people who have applied for compensation for "exceptional hardship" have had their claims rejected.

The HS2 project has led to many people failing to sell their homes. One man facing property blight, says he is being treated for depression and his wife is having to leave her job because of the strain they are under. Our transport correspondent Keth Wilkinson reports.

HS2 tunnel extension could lead to 7,000 jobs being created

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin with David Cameron Credit: PA

A tunnel on the proposed route of HS2 could be extended to enable plans for a major development to go ahead near to East Midlands Airport, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

Concerns were raised by Leicestershire County Council and MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, that the proposed line could affect plans for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange depot next to the airport.

The initial preferred route would have seen the new rail line cross the site of the proposed interchange, which has the potential to create 7,000 jobs in the region.

Only 25% of HS2 compensation requests accepted

Most people back the high speed line, but only one in ten think it will be completed on time. Credit: PA

Three quarters of families who live near the Government's planned high speed rail link and applied for hardship compensation have been rejected, figures showed.

The Government was criticised by residents and a pressure group opposing the project for offering help "to virtually nobody".

Of 455 applications, 299 have been refused, 113 accepted, and the rest are being considered.

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HS2 Ltd: "we will conduct environmental assessments"

"Subsequently, if the Government decides to proceed with HS2 through this area, we will conduct extensive environmental assessments of the effect of the line during building and operation - and how these could be reduced or avoided - as is happening now on Phase 1 of the route between the West Midlands and London.

And if this route is chosen HS2 Ltd will undertake design work for landscaping and earthworks as the project proceeds."

– HS2 Ltd

HS2 demonstration planned in Staffordshire

People who live in Stockwell Heath in Staffordshire are hiring a cherry picker to demonstrate how high the embankment for the planned HS2 high speed rail line will be if it is built.

Residents are protesting about the height of the embankment for the HS2 line Credit: ITV News Central

Residents are also concerned about the effect importing the building materials will have on wildlife.

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