High Speed Two (HS2) Rail Network


HS2 Update June 2019

The Secretary of State issued updated Safeguarding Directions and zoned property schemes for Phase 2b (the Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds routes) in June 2019 to reflect route changes.

Safeguarding is an established part of the planning process, designed to ensure land which has been identified for major infrastructure projects is protected from conflicting developments.

What has changed?

  • Safeguarding Directions for Phase 2b have been updated for sections of the route where the Government is most confident in the stability of the design.
  • For these sections, Safeguarding has been updated to reflect the Working Draft Environmental Statement (WDES) design that was refined in October 2018. This includes the removal of Safeguarding from the New Crofton site on route to Leeds that is no longer the proposed location of a depot.
  • Unlike previous updates, this is not a full route wide update, therefore safeguarding for the remaining sections of the route are unchanged.
  •  The issuing of Directions imposes Town Planning restrictions on property owners, obligations on Local Authorities has implications for anyone selling a property, and allows affected, eligible property owners to claim full statutory compensation.

Advice to Property Owners

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and the Department for Transport have updated the safeguarding guidance for property owners. Over 2,000 letters have been sent to all affected property owners where the Safeguarding Directions have been updated.

Guidance for selling homes and small businesses via the Statutory Blight or Express Purchase process now applies to all phases. 

Compensation Schemes

Homeowner Payments which are shown on all plans are not available for Phase 2b until after the Bill has been passed by Parliament (received Royal Assent), which is expected to be 2022.

Under the extension of the statutory safeguarded area, those eligible to claim statutory compensation will increase.

The Department for Transport has created guidance and FAQs for the Need to Sell scheme. Launched in 2016, the scheme remains open for applications from those who have already been trying to sell their property and have a compelling reason to sell but cannot due to the impact of HS2 on the local property market. For more information on this visit gov.uk/claim-compensation-if-affected-by-hs2.

useful links

Useful Links

Below are links to all the useful Government web pages and documents mentioned above.

Safeguarding information and maps for HS2

This will provide access to the full range of safeguarding information related to the HS2 rail network.

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HS2 safeguarding guidance for property owners

Government information for property owners who require information on HS2 safeguarding and serving blight notice

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HS2 Phase 2b Route

A Department for Transport document explaining the route decision for Phase 2b of the HS2 Rail Network

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HS2 rural support zone schemes: guidance and application form

This guidance explains the two schemes available for the rural support zone and details of how to apply for a scheme.

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Property scheme maps for HS2 Phase 2b

Maps showing the boundaries for the Phase 2b property schemes that cover Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds.

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HS2 Phase 2b - design refinement consultation

The Government’s consultation on 11 proposed design refinements to the HS2 Phase 2b route.

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HS2 Phase 2b - Property Consultation Response

The Government's response to the HS2 Phase 2b property consultation that ran from 15 November 2016 until 9 March 2017.

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Claim compensation if your property is affected by HS2

Information explaining the compensation process and how to claim if your property is affected by the HS2 route.

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HS2 need to sell scheme: guidance and application form

Guidance and FAQs for the HS2 need to sell scheme alongside an application form to begin the process.

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