HS2 route to destroy new homes in Yorkshire

From BBC - July 17, 2017

Newly built homes in Yorkshire will be demolished by the HS2 rail line, the government has confirmed.

The line's eastern route, to Leeds from Birmingham, will run east of Sheffield, with some trains going into the city via a new spur and existing lines.

But 16 of 216 homes on a housing estate in Mexborough will be demolished.

The government's preferred routes, from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, were laid out last November.

Earlier the government announced seven contracts worth nearly 7bn for some of the line's civil engineering work between Birmingham and London.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said the full line would connect Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands in a Y-shaped network, with all of them being linked to London by the line.

"Britain's new railway line will bring huge economic benefits across the country and help ensure this government delivers on its promise to spread wealth beyond London and the south-east," said the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.

"We will now press ahead with building the line, while continuing to ensure affected communities get appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect."

'Worst possible news'

Residents of the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough have disputed that only 16 houses will be demolished by the new line.

Karen Schofield, whose family farm is also on the proposed route, told the BBC that the government's decision was "unthinkable".

"It's the worst possible news that anybody wants to hear, that you are going to lose your family home, which my husband and his brothers... they bought, what, 40-odd years ago," she said.

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