People affected by the first phase of the high speed rail line from London to the West Midlands are being offered compensation.
The government has today announced compensation packages which it says are generous and will significantly go beyond statutory requirements.
This includes a committment to buy owner-occupied homes closest to the route. However, those against the route say the move is 'an attempt to buy off the opposition'.
– Joe Rukin Stop HS2 campainger
"While we are pleased that after two and a half years, the Government has finally recognised the damage HS2 is causing to communities along the route, we see this as a cynical, uncosted attempt to buy off the opposition to the project, and it will not work."