Significant Uncertainty Remains

Date: 16th September 2016
Author: Stephen Lashmar
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MPs are not convinced that Phase 1 of HS2, London to Birmingham, will open at the end of 2026, as planned.  The Public Accounts Committee has also called on the government to clarify route and costs for Phase 2, which is estimated to be £7bn over budget. 

Whilst the route for Phase 1 (London to Birmingham) has been confirmed and safeguarded, along with Phase 2A which runs from Fradley to Crewe, there remains uncertainty on the remainder of Phase 2 which will ultimately run through to Manchester and Leeds.

There remains significant uncertainty regarding the Eastern leg of the route through Sheffield to Leeds, particularly in light of the recent announcement that the route will now run through a new housing estate in Doncaster which is still in the process of being built.

Picture Source: Daily Mail / Mail Online 16.9.16



HS2 is a unique and controversial railway development scheme. The aim of the project is to provide a high speed rail network linking Birmingham to London in Phase One of the Scheme and then expanding the route to include routes to Manchester and Leeds in Phase Two of the project.

In order for the scheme to go ahead the Government needs to acquire large areas of land and properties that are located along the route, through the Compulsory Purchase Process. 

Roger Hannah & Company have a dedicated team of specialist compulsory purchase surveyors who can assist you through this process. We can provide you with comprehensive advice and ensure that you receive maximum compensation.

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Stephen Lashmar BA (Hons) MRICS Director