Concerns over compensation on route of new high-speed rail line
COMPENSATION for homeowners affected by the new high-speed rail route "must be fair", according to nearby residents.
Last week the High Court in London gave the go-ahead for the new line from London to Birmingham and Leeds, which will run close to Long Eaton with a new station at Toton sidings.
But the High Court ordered the Government to think again over how it was planing to compensate 300,000 people who live within one kilometre of the new line.
Among those affected by co-called "HS2 blight" are residents in Long Eaton.
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Steve Waters, of Conway Road, said: "I have heard that some people won't get compensation until the line is up and running, and that doesn't seem right to me.
"Above all, it must be fair. If the price of my house drops 10 per cent because of the high-speed trains next to me, I would like to see that money back."
The High Court's decision on Friday was hailed as a victory by the High Speed 2 Action Alliance, which is campaigning against the plans.
The group's case on consultation was one of five separate cases that sought to stop the controversial scheme in its current form – but it was the only one to succeed.
But rail minister Simon Burns said the court's decision effectively gave the "green light" to the high-speed 2 rail line
The second phase of the £32 billion scheme, running from Birmingham to Leeds, is expected to be up and running by 2033.
Ian Greenaway, president of the Derbyshire and Notts Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the fact that only one of the five judicial reviews was upheld in the High Court.
He said: "HS2 is a critically important piece of transport infrastructure which will unlock huge economic benefits not just for Derbyshire, Notts and the East Midlands, but for the UK as a whole.
"Recent chamber research indicates that 58 per cent of our members support the rail line extension's proposed locations at Toton Sidings and Meadowhall, with 84 per cent saying this enhanced connectivity will benefit the economy."