Govt confirms urban-rural split for HS2 compensation deal

The Government has confirmed an urban-rural split for HS2 compensation deals.

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Transport Sec hopes compensation will ease concerns

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said he hopes a package of compensation will ease the concerns of those living near the planned route of the HS2 rail scheme.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Credit: PA Wire

“I completely understand the concerns and anxieties of those living near the line and it is only right that those people are properly looked after," Mr McLoughlin said as the compensation scheme was announced.

“I believe this package of compensation and assistance will enable us to help people more. But I want to get it absolutely right, so I am asking for further views on some aspects before we finalise the plans.

“HS2 will transform many people’s lives for the better, but where its impacts are less positive we will do all we can to provide the right help and assistance.”

Resident attacks 'grossly unfair' HS2 compensation

The Government's HS2 compensation scheme has been attacked by people living along the route who claim their homes and lives have been blighted.

Thousands of west London residents living above a tunnel where trains will travel at 225 mph have been told they will receive nothing.

Campaigner Lottie Jones of Ruislip Anti HS2 said her home was now impossible to sell.

Lottie Jones said the compensation scheme was 'grossly unfair'. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

"I think it's grossly unfair we are being discriminated against in urban areas as opposed to rural areas. There should be no difference in how the blight is recognised above tunnels," she added.

"Just because we've got tunnelling here doesn't mean we won't be disrupted and our lives won't be affected by HS2.

"Our houses are very much blighted and have been for three-and-a-half years, decreasing in value and they're nigh on impossible to sell."

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