The Government has confirmed a controversial urban-rural split in the amount of compensation available for homeowners near the route of HS2.
HS2 link requires too many compromises in terms of impacts on freight, passengers and the community in Camden, says Transport Secretary.
80% of homes set to be demolished are in Camden. We welcome the report but will keep fighting for government approval, says Camden Council.
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has been sacked as the party vice-chairman after his outspoken criticism of the HS2 rail link.
Fabricant claimed on Twitter that he was asked to reign but refused, and was then sacked over the comments along with those he made about former Culture Secretary Maria Miller's resignation.
Been asked to resign as Vice Chairman, refused, so sacked over HS2 and my views on a recent Cabinet Minister. Still available 4 speeches etc
The MP is set to lead a Tory revolt against the £50 billion HS2 rail scheme later this month, calling for legislation paving the way for the London-Birmingham link to be denied a second reading.
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.
“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.”
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.
"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."
West Ruislip Station is the dividing line between urban deals and more generous rural payments under the HS2 compensation scheme.
Owners of £1m countryside homes set to receive £100k cash lump sum if they don't want to sell. @itvlondon
Inner city home owners evicted by compulsory purchase will get a maximum £47k on top of sale price. @itvlondon
ITV London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris tweeted:
Government confirms urban-rural split for HS2 compensation deals. @itvlondon
MPS on the Transport Committee will today hear an update on the high speed rail service. David Higgins, Chair of the HS2 ltd and Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury of the HS2 Growth task force will give separate reports,
Yesterday the Government announced plans to scrap the proposal to link the High Speed two rail route with the Channel tunnel train line at St Pancreas. This was after David Higgins questioned the possibility of the route in his report to the Government released last week.
David Higgins also asked in his report for the building on the Northern section of the high speend rail project to be accelerated. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has asked the H2S task force to look into what is achievable in this sector.
Proposed changes to the HS2 high speed rail link amount to "putting lipstick on a pig", a Tory former Cabinet minister has said.
Cheryl Gillan, a long-standing HS2 critic, said proposals being considered by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to finish phase two of the #50 billion project earlier and remove the London link to HS1 were inadequate.