New homes will be bulldozed for HS2
17 July 2017 National News
The Government has confirmed that 16 newly built properties in South Yorkshire will be demolished to make way for the HS2 railway.
Residents on the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough have learned they will lose their homes after ministers finalised the route for the controversial high-speed line.
Affected homeowners will be offered comparable properties, the Department for Transport has promised.
The Government has concluded that this route will result in considerably fewer demolitions, as proposed alternatives would require greater numbers of homes and businesses to be knocked down.
However, some campaigners have argued that the impact HS2 will have on the Shimmer housing estate is being downplayed, as 216 homes were originally planned at the site.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said the route will create new connections between Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands – with HS2 connecting all of these areas to London.