Although the HS2 rail link may seem years away at the moment, this is an issue that property owners and tenant occupiers should be planning for now.
We have a specialist team of compulsory purchase experts who are currently working with owners and occupiers of affected sites.
Please contact us if you think you might be affected by the scheme.
What is HS2?
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway proposed to link The Midlands and Northern England with London Euston and other destinations such as destinations Lille, Brussels, Paris, and London Heathrow Airport.
The aim of HS2 is to reduce journey times and increase the volume of seats available. It is argued that reduced journey time will help to stimulate economic growth in UK and also increase the country’s rail usage.
The project is being developed by High Speed Two Ltd, a company established by the UK Government. The line is to be built in two phases with the section between London and Birmingham being the first phase, and on to Manchester and Leeds for the second phase.
The route would take a complex form of a "Y", with a trunk between London Euston and Birmingham Curzon Street. The route would then split into two spurs, one continuing to Manchester Piccadilly via Crewe and Manchester Airport. The other route is proposed to Leeds via Sheffield Meadowhall and East Midlands.
Click below to view the route:
Phase 1 - London to West Midlands
Phase 2 - West Midlands to Leeds
What are the timescales for HS2?
It is expected that the HS2 line will be operating by 2033.
The first phase, between London and Birmingham, was given Royal Assent in February 2017, giving the green light for work to begin on the route.
The second phase is expected to be given Royal Assent at a later date, but plans for the route are in their final stages and valuers will begin contacting land owners and occupiers during 2017.