The Department for Transport Launches Consultation on Additional Property Compensation Schemes for Phase One HS2

The Department for Transport (DFT) has launched a consultation on two additional property compensation schemes for those affected by Phase One of the High Speed rail link, HS2.

The proposed HS2, will be delivered in two phases. Phase One will comprise the London to West Midlands line. Phase Two will extend the network north from the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds.

High speed rail has been expanding across the European Union since the 1980s, with several member countries (notably France, Spain and Germany) investing heavily in new lines. High-speed rail first arrived in the UK with the opening of the first part of High Speed 1 (HS1) in 2003, then known as the Chanel Tunnel Rail Link between London and the Channel Tunnel.

The consultation which opened on 8th July 2014 and closes on 30th September 2014 seeks the public’s views on two new policies (the ‘alternative cash offer’ and the ‘homeowner payment’) for owner-occupiers of property close to the HS2 Phase One route. The schemes on launch will be available to those owner-occupiers of property close to the HS2 route from London to the West Midlands who fall within boundaries set out in the maps accompanying the consultation.

Further details about the consultation can be found on the HS2 website here  and the Government website here

Locally, HS2 Phase 2 is proposed to affect Trafford, Manchester, Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester.

The western leg of Phase Two would serve stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. The Manchester Airport High Speed station would be located between Junctions 5 and 6 of the M56 as the line approaches the main built-up area of Manchester. Heading north from the Airport station, the line would enter a seven-and-a-half-mile tunnel, surfacing a short distance from the new station, alongside the existing terminus at Manchester Piccadilly. The total route length would be 95 miles.

If you are concerned about whether the property you are purchasing will be affected by HS2,please get in touch with one of our experienced and specialist residential property solicitors in our Residential Conveyancing Department. We are able to carry out a GroundSure HS2 and Crossrail search on your behalf. The search details the proximity of any site to HS2 Phase One and Phase Two. Key data also given in the search includes the risk of compulsory purchase for properties too close and defines the top speed of trains at any given point, helping people assess factors like possible noise pollution. The report also contains data on the Crossrail network, including stations, worksites and the line itself.

At Myerson, we offer a prestige conveyancing service, providing the highest quality legal advice for discerning clients. Myerson are also accredited members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence in the residential conveyancing process.


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