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  1. National

Residents living near HS2 route 'should not bear burden'

A lawyer from the firm who represented High Speed 2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) - who won a case against the government today - expressed delight over the victory on the compensation challenge.

This was never a Nimby argument. Many thousands of people living along the route will not be able to sell their homes for some 15 years because their homes are blighted.

They should not have to bear the burden for this national project.

We hope now that proper arrangements are put in place by the Government for compensation for those who live by the proposed HS2 route to make it possible for them to move if and when they wish, in the same way that the rest of us can.

– Richard Stein, Leigh Day law firm who represented HS2AA



  1. Central

Union: 'HS2 many years overdue'

The modernisation and expansion of rail in the UK is many years overdue and while RMT welcomes any belated investment and development we must not forget that it is decades of political inertia that have left Britain's railways in the slow lane.

We must also make sure we don't fall for the old political trick of rail staff cuts and high fares today on the promise of High Speed jam tomorrow.

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary
  1. National

HS2 could bring 'poorer train service' for many

The chairman of 51m - an alliance of 18 local authorities opposed to HS2 - has warned that the project will not universally benefit train services:

Many towns and cities will be shocked to discover that they will actually receive a poorer train service if HS2 is built.

Stations such as Toton Sidings and Meadowhall are far from city centres.

West Coast Main Line and Midland Main Line services to many existing stations are certain to be reduced.

– Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council

He added that the line would "blight the lives, property and businesses of tens of thousands of people".